HONG KONG: Hong Kong police arrested and charged on Monday (Jan 17) two Cathay Pacific flight attendants for allegedly contravening COVID-19 laws, after the emergence of the Omicron variant within the territory was traced to their breach of house quarantine.
Like China, Hong Kong maintains a strict zero-COVID technique that has saved instances low, however has largely lower the finance hub off from each the mainland and the remainder of the world for the final two years.
A latest outbreak of Omicron traced to Cathay air crew who breached their quarantine interval led to a dramatic tightening of already strict anti-coronavirus controls – together with shuttering kindergartens, main colleges, and indoor eating at evening.
Police introduced late on Monday two flight attendants have been arrested and charged for violating anti-COVID measures.
“They had conducted unnecessary activities” on Dec 25 and 27, after they have been speculated to be underneath house quarantine after returning to Hong Kong, the assertion mentioned.
“They were both subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 Omicron variant, and have been discharged from hospital upon completion of treatment,” it added.
The two who were fired after the quarantine breach resist six months in jail and a US$640 superb. They have been launched on bail and their instances can be heard subsequent month.