NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 28 Apr, 2021 00:30 am

Covid: 52 passengers test positive on Indian flight to Hong Kong

Covid: 52 passengers test positive on Indian flight to Hong Kong
Dozens of passengers tested positive on arrival, following negative results in Delhi.

At least 52 passengers returned positive tests after flight UK6395, operated by Indian airline Vistara, landed in Hong Kong on 4 April .They had all tested negative before the flight, as Hong Kong only allows entry to travellers who return a negative pre-flight test from a reputable lab with 72 hours of departure.Despite the rigorous screening, eight positive cases were detected before passengers began Hong Kong's three weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine, while the others were picked up during the quarantine period.There were 146 adult passengers and seven children on the Vistara charter flight, which was organised by Hong Kong travel company Nanda Travel to return stranded travellers from India.

Hong Kong has now suspended all flights from India until May 3 at least.University of Hong Kong scientists are sequencing genomes from the passenger cluster as part of investigations into whether they were infected on board.

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