Forty-Nine Passengers on India-Hong Kong Flight Test Positive for COVID-19

Forty-nine passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said on Tuesday.

It was after a two-week ban on all flights from India, as well as Pakistan and the Philippines took effect.

The passengers who have tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight run by Indian operator Vistara on April 4.

About 188 passengers could have traveled on the Vistara flight, however, Hong Kong authorities have not disclosed how many passengers were on board.

The positive COVID-19 results surfaced during Hong Kong’s mandatory three-week quarantine period.

A spokesman for Vistara said that the company “ensures strict compliance with all guidelines issued by the Indian as well as the destination countries’ authorities for all flights, including all charter flights to and from Hong Kong.”

Several cases have been detected on flights arriving in Hong Kong from Mumbai, authorities said.


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