Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two former Cathay Pacific flight attendants for violating quarantine rules after being identified as the source of the city’s Omicron outbreak.
The government on Monday confirmed the arrests of the two former flight attendants, charged under Hong Kong’s Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation, and due to appear in court on February 9.
According to a government statement, the two arrived from the U.S. on December 24 and 25, and while under medical surveillance, they had “conducted unnecessary activities,” left their homes when they should have been in isolation, dined at bars and restaurants across the city before testing positive for Omicron.
If convicted, the pair would pay a fine of $890 and six months jail term.
Cathay Pacific Chairman Patrick Healy said the carrier would cooperate with investigations into whether the crew failed to comply with self-isolation rules.
Earlier, Hong Kong has prosecuted a few people under the same regulation breaches.
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