Cathay Pacific cargo plane crew member returning from U.S. tests preliminarily positive for COVID-19

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27th October 2021 – (Hong Kong) A cargo plane crew member of Cathay Pacific Airways tested positive for COVID-19. Sources revealed that Cathay Pacific executives sent a letter to employees stating that a crew member involved in the operation of a Boeing 747 airliner arrived in Hong Kong on 25th October and the crew member tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection announced late yesterday night that in view of one preliminary positive imported case who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, nine specified premises are included in the latest compulsory testing notice.  The list includes the residence of the cargo plane crew member at Siena Two in Discovery Bay.

The patient is 54-year-old male patient living at Graceful Mansion (Block H2), Siena Two, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong. He is a cargo crew member who left Hong Kong for the United States on 21st October and returned to Hong Kong via flight CX075 on 25th October. He was tested in Hong Kong on 19th October and the results were negative. When he arrived in Hong Kong, he was diagnosed positive after his sample was taken at the temporary sample collection centre at Hong Kong International Airport. The patient was asymptomatic. He received two doses of Comirnaty vaccine in Hong Kong on 10th March and 8th April.

The epidemiological investigation and follow-up of the case are still in progress. According to sources, an email was sent by a person named “Deborah McConnochie” at 5.30pm yesterday afternoon. The email also indicated that the person’s position was the general manager of Cathay Pacific’s crew operations department. The email mentioned that the infected crew member had been sent to the hospital, while the remaining crew members who worked with him were waiting to be sent to the government quarantine centre.

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