© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Cathay Pacific Airways Airbus A350-900 Approaches Landing at Changi International Airport in Singapore on June 10, 2018. REUTERS / Tim Chong
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s leading airline Cathay Pacific Airways (OTC 🙂 said on Saturday that two crew members who tested positive for the Omicron variant had been fired for violating medical supervision regulations.
Cathay said five crew members were positive after returning to Hong Kong from duty, and a case investigation revealed serious protocol violations by some of those individuals.
“Failure to comply with medical supervision regulations will result in disciplinary action. Two people are no longer employed in Cathay Pacific,” the statement said. It did not give more details. Regulations include spending a quarantine period at home after flying.
“The actions of these individuals are extremely disappointing as they undermine the otherwise exemplary commitment and compliance shown by our over 10,000 crew members,” Cathay said, adding that he would work closely with health authorities to strengthen public health.
Hong Kong health officials said on Friday that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had passed some of the world’s strictest restrictions on COVID-19, and the city reported the first cases outside its strict quarantine system.
The government said on Saturday it was investigating eight additional cases of Omicron. (https: //
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