| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Hong Kong says omicron variant has spread despite COVID-19 restrictions

Marking the first local cases in about three months, Hong Kong Health Secretary Sophia Chan said on Friday, that the authorities have discovered cases of infection of the omicron coronavirus variant in the community.
Chan told reporters one of four air crew members testing positive after their return to Hong Kong had breached home quarantine rules by going to a restaurant, where he passed the virus to his father and a client sitting at another table.
Hong Kong has not recorded any coronavirus cases spread by community transmission since October.