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Hong Kong bans Air Canada flights from Vancouver for 2 weeks

The ban is in effect from Oct. 16 to 29
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Air Canada passenger flights from Vancouver have been banned from landing in Hong Kong for two weeks.

Air Canada flights from Vancouver are banned from entering Hong Kong for the next two weeks, according to Hong Kong’s Department of Health.

According to a statement issued Friday, one passenger aboard Air Canada flight AC007, arriving in Hong Kong from Vancouver on Oct. 13, was confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival testing.

Another passenger on that flight failed to comply with requirements under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation.

As a result, Hong Kong’s Department of Health has prohibited the landing of passenger flights from Vancouver, operated by Air Canada, in Hong Kong from Oct. 16 to 29.

Hong Kong also reported nine imported cases on Friday (Oct. 15). The patients include seven women and two men, aged three to 68, who arrived from Canada, the Philippines, Russia, Egypt, India and the Maldives.

Of the nine patients, two had symptoms. Six had received two COVID-19 vaccine doses, including one of the patients who had symptoms. 

Eight of the cases were mutant strains, while the mutation test result of the ninth case was still pending, according to the statement. 

Furthermore, between Oct. 1 and 14, Hong Kong detected 59 cases. One of these is a local case with "unknown sources," while the rest are imported cases.