6 new imported COVID-19 cases reported today, Nepal Airlines from Kathmandu banned from landing for 2 weeks


25th November 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 0.00am, today the CHP was investigating six additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 12,418 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,417 confirmed cases and one probable case).

 The newly reported cases are imported cases. The 6 cases include arrivals from France, Philippines, Thailand, Russia, Nepal and Bangladesh. Five of the cases involved mutant strains while the mutation test result of the remaining case is pending. The patients comprise two males and four females, aged 1 to 45. All of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk). Four patients tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and the remaining two tested positive during quarantine.

 A total of 37 cases have been reported in the past 14 days and all of them are imported cases.

Also, regarding the cluster of two cases in the Regal Airport Hotel (cases 12388 and 12404), the CHP has arranged for a total of 12 persons who had stayed from November 11 to 14 in the three rooms to the left and to the right of the two rooms concerned (5111 and 5112) of the same hotel (12 rooms in total from room 5105 to room 5120) to undergo compulsory quarantine at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre for 14 days (counting from the last day of staying in the hotel during the above period). No related case was detected so far.

Source: CHP

Whole genome sequencing analysis by the University of Hong Kong further confirmed that both cases had highly similar genetic sequences and the viruses belonged to a newly emerged lineage, B.1.1.529. The sequences are similar to those found in South Africa and Botswana, supporting that case 12388 arriving in Hong Kong from South Africa was the index case. Scientific information on the public health significance about this lineage is lacking at the moment. It is classified by the World Health Organisation as “Variants Under Monitoring”. The CHP will closely monitor the latest developments.

 As a passenger flight (RA409) operated by Nepal Airlines arriving in Hong Kong from Kathmandu, Nepal, on 23rd November had one passenger confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival testing, and three passengers failed to comply with the requirements specified under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H), the DH thus invoked Cap. 599H to prohibit the landing of passenger flights from Kathmandu operated by Nepal Airlines in Hong Kong from 26th November to 9th December.

Specified persons in relation to the following specified premises are also reminded to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow:

  • Way Man Court, 50-52 Village Road, Happy Valley
  • Jovial Court, Peninsula Village, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
  • Winning House, 72-76 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

As at 9am today , two COVID-19 confirmed patients (Case numbers: 12344 and 12378) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours and will continue with the 14-day post-discharge isolation. So far, a total of 12 125 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
A total of 38 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and the Hospital Authority (HA) Infectious Disease Centre, and all of them are in stable condition.