CHP confirms 2 imported cases from Indonesia today, Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul banned for 2 weeks


2nd May 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 12am today, 2 new imported COVID-19 cases were recorded, taking the number of cases to 11,785 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 11,784 confirmed cases and one probable case).

No local cases have been detected after a mutant case was found at Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung two days ago. A Filipino domestic helper became the first local mutant case with no travel history and genome sequencing has confirmed that her South African virus strain matched 100% with the Indian engineer at Parkes Building earlier. This shows that the mutant virus has already entered the community and with the recent relaxation of social distancing measures via vaccine bubble and the Labour Day Holiday, cases are expected to spike. The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent and the incubation period can take more than 21 days.

The two imported cases involve two females from Indonesia aged 39 and 44.

A total of 129 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days (18th April to 1st May), including 21 local cases (including one possibly local) of which nine are from unknown sources. 

 Meanwhile,  as a passenger flight (TK083) operated by Turkish Airlines arriving from Istanbul of Turkey to Hong Kong on 27th April, 2021, had three passengers confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival test, the DH thus invoked the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to prohibit landing of passenger flights from Istanbul of Turkey operated by Turkish Airlines in Hong Kong from 3rd to 16th May, 2021.

CHP also reminded those who had visited specified venues under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) to receive COVID-19 nucleic acid testing according to the compulsory testing notice. The Regulation also requires all household members of close contacts of confirmed cases to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test within a specified period according to compulsory testing notices published in the Gazette. The public are also urged to seek medical attention early if symptoms develop and undergo testing as soon as possible.