Hong Kong has placed a 2-week ban on flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines include Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Vistara and Cebu Pacific.
This comes after the so-called N501Y mutant COVID-19 strain was detected in the Asian financial hub for the first time, according to a statement by authorities.
The government said the three countries would be classified as extremely high risk after there had been multiple imported cases carrying the strain into Hong Kong in the past 14 days.
There were earlier reports of 30 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, 29 of which were allegedly imported, marking the highest daily toll since March 15.
The government last week widened the city’s vaccine scheme to include those aged between 16 to 29 years old for the first time, as they aim to boost lacklustre demand for inoculations amongst residents.
Airlines impacted by Hong Kong’s ban on travellers from India, Pakistan and the Philippines include carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Vistara and Cebu Pacific.