2 Cathay Pacific cabin crew members who abused quarantine exemption charged by police

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17th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Earlier, some Cathay Pacific crew members abused quarantine exemption which led to the leakage of mutant virus that spread in the community, triggering the fifth wave of COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong. Police said today (17th) that they have arrested and charged two former airline cabin crew members for violating the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A).

The investigation showed that the two were airline cabin attendants arrived in Hong Kong from the United States on 24th and 25th December last year respectively. They were suspected of violating Cap 599A by conducting unnecessary activities on 25th and 27th December 2021 respectively during the medical surveillance period.

Both of them were subsequently diagnosed with the Omicron variant virus strain. They have now completed treatment and left the hospital. Police today arrested the two people on suspicion of violating section 15(3) of Cap. 599A and charged them today after seeking legal advice. They have been released on bail and their cases will appear for mention at Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts and Eastern Magistrates’ Courts respectively on 9th February.

Pursuant to Section 15(3) of the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A), a person who fails to observe any condition specified by a health officer, would be liable on conviction to a fine at level 2 (HK$5,000) and to imprisonment for six months.

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