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Sunday, February 23, 2020, 18:55
3rd chartered flight brings home 5 HK cruise ship passengers
By Xinhua
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 18:55 By Xinhua

HONG KONG – The third chartered flight arranged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government arrived in Hong Kong Sunday morning, bringing back five more residents from the COVID-19-inflicted Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The flight landed at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 6:10 am local time. The newly arrived passengers will undergo a 14-day quarantine like 208 other Hong Kong residents who arrived earlier from the cruise ship quarantined Yokohama.

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Diamond Princess, initially carrying around 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries and regions, had been quarantined at the Yokohama Port south of Tokyo since Feb 5.

Before the evacuation operation by the HKSAR government, there were altogether 364 Hong Kong residents on board the quarantined ship, including 68 who tested positive for the COVID-19 and about 30 of their close contacts, according to the HKSAR government.

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The majority of the task force sent by the HKSAR government for evacuation operation took the third charted flight back to Hong Kong too. 

There are a number of Immigration Department officers staying in Japan to continue to provide assistance to the Hong Kong residents who were receiving medical treatment there.


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