HK logs 4 imported virus cases, bans Turkish Airlines flights

Turkish Airlines planes are pictured on the tarmac of the Ataturk Airport on April 4, 2019, in Istanbul. - AFP

HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN): Hong Kong logged four new imported Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (Aug 3), pushing the city’s overall infection tally to 11,994.

Three of the new cases were from Turkey, involving a 33-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy.

The fourth case involved a 20-year-old woman flying in from Greece, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection.

All but the boy have been inoculated with one shot of the BioNTech vaccine in the United Kingdom. The 28-year-old woman and the boy developed symptoms on Sunday.

The Hong Kong government has banned the landing of passenger flights from Istanbul operated by Turkish Airlines in Hong Kong from Wednesday to Aug 17.

The ban came after four passengers tested positive for the coronavirus upon the airline’s flight TK083 arriving in Hong Kong from Istanbul on Sunday.

In the neighbouring special administrative region of Macao, a couple tested preliminarily positive on Tuesday, Macao's health authorities said.

Their specimens were collected in Zhuhai a day before. The duo are being treated in Macao, authorities said.

The man has recently travelled to Zhuhai and Zhongshan, while the woman has been in Zhuhai, authorities said. Their daughter has travelled to Xi’an, Shaanxi province, from July 19 to 24. - China Daily/Asia News Network

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