Hong Kong bans flights from Pakistan, other countries over fears of mutated Covid-19 strain

01:20 PM | 19 Apr, 2021
Hong Kong bans flights from Pakistan, other countries over fears of mutated Covid-19 strain
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LAHORE – Hong Kong will suspend flights from Pakistan, India, and the Philippines from April 20 for two weeks after the mutated strain of COVID-19 was detected in the Asian countries for the first time.

Top health authorities announced Sunday after multiple cases of a highly infectious N501Y mutant COVID-19 strain were detected in the region. Hong Kong government said that the three countries would be classified as “extremely high risk”.

The restriction stem from a rule that Hong Kong has instituted, which was triggered for each of the countries as there had been five or more arrivals with the mutant Covid-19 strain within seven days, it said. The same strain was first detected in South Africa.

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