Source: China State Council Information Office 2
The second chartered flight arranged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government arrived in Hong Kong in the small hours of Feb. 22, bringing back 84 Hong Kong residents from the novel coronavirus-inflicted Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
The flight landed at the Hong Kong International Airport at around 1:30 a.m. local time. Those passengers will undergo the same 14-day quarantine as the first batch of 106 Hong Kong residents who returned on Thursday.
Diamond Princess, initially carrying around 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries and regions, had been quarantined at the Yokohama Port south of Tokyo since Feb. 5.
Before the evacuation operation by the HKSAR government, there were altogether 364 Hong Kong residents on board the quarantined ship, including 66 tested positive for the new virus and 41 close contacts, according to John Lee, Secretary for Security of the HKSAR government.
Director of Immigration of the HKSAR government Erick Tsang said on Saturday in Japan that there were another 18 people who did not catch the chartered flight and would take other flights back to Hong Kong later Saturday.
Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said on Friday tat the HKSAR government will also bring back those close contacts as soon as possible, provided they test negative for the virus and their conditions are fit to take plane.