Cathay Pacific to comply with Hong Kong probes into Covid-19 outbreak
https://str.sg/wMaiHONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will comply with two government investigations after two crew members who broke self-isolation rules sparked a Covid-19 outbreak in the city, Chairman Patrick Healy said.
In a video to staff on Tuesday (Jan 11) reviewed by Reuters, Mr Healy said the airline apologised for the"disruption and anguish" caused by the outbreak, which has led Hong Kong to shut primary schools and has set back plans for cross-border travel with mainland China.Read more: ST Foreign Desk »
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Hong Kong officials, lawmakers or Cathay Pacific – who’s to blame for birthday party Covid-19 health scare?Pro-Beijing newspapers and the pro-establishment camp have been doubling down in defending the Hong Kong officials and lawmakers caught in an infamous birthday party-turned-political scandal amid an Omicron outbreak. More voices also emerged to lay blame on Cathay Pacific for triggering the latest wave of coronavirus infections after aircrew flouted home isolation rules, calling for the Hong Kong government to prosecute not just the staff involved but also the management of the city’s flag carri WISDOM? hahahhahahhahaha It was any about which official lacking the political wisdom but who the evil CCP want to get rid of.
After COVID-19 infections, Hong Kong's first 2022 legislature meeting may be onlineHONG KONG: Hong Kong\u0027s first legislature meeting of 2022 may have to be held online, its council president said on Monday (Jan 10), after more than 30 officials and lawmakers were quarantined following COVID-19 infections at a birthday party of a delegate to China\u0027s legislature. Andrew Leung, the city\u0027s Le
After Covid-19 infections, Hong Kong's first 2022 legislature meeting may be online
Hong Kong to offer COVID-19 vaccine for children older than fiveHONG KONG: Hong Kong will start offering COVID-19 vaccines for children over the age of five, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (Jan 11), as it tries to increase its relatively low vaccination rate amid an increase in coronavirus infections. Lam, speaking at a weekly media briefing, said that kind
'Invisible guests' haunt Covid-19 birthday party scandal in Hong KongA recent birthday party attended by Hong Kong government officials and lawmakers in the middle of an Omicron outbreak is proving to be a major epidemiological headache for authorities as a number of guests remain unaccounted for, have hidden their whereabouts or were not using a risk-exposure app. Fears over the existence of more so-called “invisible guests” at the party...
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sg/wMai HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will comply with two government investigations after two crew members who broke self-isolation rules sparked a Covid-19 outbreak in the city, Chairman Patrick Healy said. In a video to staff on Tuesday (Jan 11) reviewed by Reuters, Mr Healy said the airline apologised for the"disruption and anguish" caused by the outbreak, which has led Hong Kong to shut primary schools and has set back plans for cross-border travel with mainland China. Photo: Edward Wong Fourteen senior officials and 20 lawmakers were among 214 attendees at the birthday party last Monday for Witman Hung Wai-man, principal liaison officer for Hong Kong at the Shenzhen Qianhai Authority, which was also visited by guests carrying Covid-19. Cathay has fired the crew members involved. Leung's comments come after 11 government officials and 16 lawmakers were released from quarantine on Saturday after authorities said they were less likely to have been exposed to infected guests at a party last week. The video came after Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday announced the government was investigating the breach of isolation rules as well as Cathay carrying crew returning to Hong Kong on cargo-only flights to avoid hotel quarantine. The birthday party has become an embarrassment to the legislature and Lam’s administration, prompting calls for the officials and lawmakers involved to be held accountable for their decision to attend a mass gathering even as the government moved to tighten social-distancing measures amid an Omicron outbreak. Mr Healy said the airline took"full responsibility" for the latter decision, which it was confident was in line with government regulations. The party for the 53rd birthday of Mr Witman Hung, a delegate to the national legislature, took place on Jan 3 with close to 200 people, before leader Carrie Lam imposed new restrictions on social life on Jan 7.
The city tightened quarantine rules for air crew after the outbreak, leading the airline to cancel most of its planned passenger and cargo flights in January. “The government has promised to handle it in accordance with rules and relevant people have offered sincere apology. Lam has ordered an inquiry into the behaviour of 13 senior government officials to see if any laws were broken. Cathay will operate about 20 per cent of its pre-pandemic cargo capacity and around 2 per cent of its pre-pandemic passenger flight capacity this month. The airline had been struggling to crew many flights even before the rules were tightened as some destinations relied on pilots volunteering to fly punishing rosters involving five weeks locked in hotel rooms. It also blamed Cathay Pacific aircrew for triggering the fifth wave of infections by violating home isolation rules. Mr Healy said crew had collectively spent 62,000 nights in quarantine hotels in 2021, with none contracting Covid-19 in the first eight months of the year. The city saw a three-month streak of no community transmission broken on Dec 31, with the confirmation of the city's first local infection with the fast-spreading Omicron variant. All are fully vaccinated. Photo: K. The timing comes as residents are increasingly weary of new restrictions.
Cases, however, had risen since the emergence of the Omicron variant with 11 crew contracting the variant in December, he said in the video to staff that was first reported by Bloomberg. More On This Topic . Cheng In its editorial published on Sunday, Wen Wei Po , another pro-Beijing newspaper, also lashed out at Cathay Pacific management for its lax enforcement of quarantine rules. Around 4.