The Hong Kong health authorities temporarily suspended flights from Manila to Hong Kong operated by Budget Carrier Cebu Pacific until September 16.
According to Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, the travel ban began last September 3. It was issued because, on September 1, passengers from the Cebu Pacific (5J272) tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival testing.
One of the requirements for passengers going to Hong Kong was a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time. They must also present confirmed hotel reservations.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said that even though the RT-PCR tests can give a high accuracy in identifying COVID-19, it could still miss virus infections that were incubating or when a person got infected after taking the test.
Before, Philippine Airlines was also banned from catering flights from Manila to Hong Kong after authorities confirmed that three passengers were tested positive for COVID-19 upon their arrival in Hong Kong. The temporary suspension started on August 29 and will last until September 11.
(Source: By: Miguel R. Camus, Inquirer.net)