Hong Kong imposes ban on Indian flights
Published: 12:08 PM, 19 April 2021
Hong Kong has banned passenger flights with India, Pakistan and the Philippines. The ban will take effect from midnight on Monday and will remain in force for the next 14 days, i.e., until May 3.
According to the Times of India, Hong Kong has imposed the ban for 14 days in fear of a new strain of the coronavirus spreading in India. Besides, these three countries have been identified as “extremely high risk” for coronavirus. Due to the ban, the passenger flights from these three countries who were waiting to board the Hong Kong-bound flight within 2 hours on Sunday night have also been canceled.
According to Hong Kong’s administrative rules, if five or more persons arriving on any flight from different countries within seven days are affected by Covid-19, all flights from that country will be banned for 14 days.
A Hong Kong government spokesman said a person with a new strain of Covid-19 had recently been identified in their community. That is why the government has been forced to issue new rules and restrictions in the interest of the country and the people.