9 new imported COVID-19 cases reported in HK, Air Canada banned from landing in HK from Vancouver for 2 weeks


15th October 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 nine additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 12,286 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,285 confirmed cases and one probable case).

The newly reported cases are imported cases. Eight cases involved mutant strains while the mutation test result of the remaining case is pending. The patients comprise seven females and two males, aged 3 to 68. Six of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk) and the remaining three arrived from Group B specified places (medium-risk). Among them, Case No. 12290 is a close contact of an imported case confirmed previously (Case No. 12229) and he tested positive yesterday at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre. Four of the other cases tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at Hong Kong International Airport and the remaining four patients tested positive during quarantine.

 A total of 59 cases have been reported in the past 14 days including a local case with unknown sources, while the rest are imported cases.

As a passenger flight (AC007) operated by Air Canada arriving from Vancouver, Canada, to Hong Kong on 13th October had one passenger confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival testing, and one passenger 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 Vancouver operated by Air Canada in Hong Kong from 16th to 29th October.