14 Air India passengers examined optimistic for COVID-19 until Thursday: Hong Kong govt

New Delhi, August 21

Fourteen passengers, who travelled from Delhi to Hong Kong on an Air India flight on August 14, have examined optimistic for COVID-19 until Thursday, the Hong Kong authorities stated.

Due to this incident, Air India’s passenger flights have been barred from touchdown in Hong Kong until August-end, it added on Friday.

A passenger from India can arrive in Hong Kong provided that she or he has a COVID-19 unfavorable certificates from a take a look at achieved 72 hours previous to the journey, in keeping with the foundations issued by the Hong Kong authorities in July.

In an announcement to PTI on Friday, a spokesperson of the Department of Health of the Hong Kong authorities stated: “A flight operated by Air India (AI314) arriving Hong Kong from India on August 14 had 11 passengers confirmed to have infected with COVID-19.”

“As a result, the department invoked the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap 599H) on August 17 to prohibit the landing of passenger flights operated by Air India for two weeks from August 18 to 31 in Hong Kong,” the spokesperson famous.

“As of August 20, a total of 14 passengers on that flight were confirmed to have infected with COVID-19,” he added.

The assertion didn’t elaborate if these 14 passengers had COVID-negative certificates with them from the checks achieved 72 hours previous to their journey, as required by the aforementioned guidelines.

Besides India, a pre-flight COVID-19 unfavorable take a look at end result certificates is necessary for all passengers coming from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and the US, in keeping with the Hong Kong authorities’s guidelines.

An airline working a flight to Hong Kong from any of those 9 international locations has to submit a kind earlier than departure stating that each one passengers on board have COVID-19 unfavorable certificates, as per the foundations.

Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to take a post-flight COVID-19 take a look at on the airport premises in Hong Kong.

In an announcement, Air India spokesperson stated: “In the wake of recent developments related to flight operations to Hong Kong, Air India will not be operating its three flights scheduled for Hong Kong till August-end.”

“One of these flights is scheduled to operate as a cargo-only flight without any passenger from India and will return from Hong Kong with passengers. Air India has been adhering to all protocols and norms laid down for flying to different destinations,” the spokesperson added.

In India, the entire circumstances of coronavirus infections mounted to 29,05,823 whereas the demise toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, information up to date by the Union Health Ministry at eight am on Friday confirmed.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

However, particular worldwide flights have been working with the approval of aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Air India has been working particular worldwide flights since May 6 beneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded individuals attain their locations.

Since July, India has established separate bilateral air bubble preparations with international locations just like the US, Germany, France, the UAE, the UK and the Maldives for worldwide flight operations.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airways of each international locations can function worldwide flights with sure restrictions. PTI

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