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Published: 15:29, October 18, 2021 | Updated: 18:02, October 18, 2021
HK sees 5 new cases, bans Qatar Airways flights from Doha
By Wang Zhan
Published:15:29, October 18, 2021 Updated:18:02, October 18, 2021 By Wang Zhan

A worker sits at a body temperature screening station as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 at a market in Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on Aug 26, 2021. (BERTHA WANG / AFP)

The Hong Kong authorities banned Qatar Airways flights from Doha for two weeks starting Monday over coronavirus infections, as the city registered five new imported cases, all involving mutant strains.

All asymptomatic, the new patients – five males aged between 29 and 59 – took the number of total cases in the city to 12,299, according to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.

Two of them arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines while the rest were from the United Kingdom, Ghana and Nigeria. 

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Four of the patients tested positive during the "test-and-hold" arrangement upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport. The other patient tested positive during quarantine.

Since Oct 4, total 68 cases including a local case with unknown sources have been reported, said the CHP.

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Two passenger flights operated by Qatar Airways from Doha, Qatar, arrived in Hong Kong on Oct 13 and 16. Each of them had two passengers who were confirmed to have COVID-19 through testing on arrival. As a result, the Department of Health prohibited the landing of Qatar Airways passenger flights from Doha from Oct 18 to 31.

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