HK residents stranded in India to return home via 2 special flights

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China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has arranged two special flights to bring back around 280 Hong Kong residents stranded in India, a HKSAR government spokesman said Wednesday.

The two flights are tentatively scheduled to depart from India's Bengalore and Chennai for Hong Kong on Thursday and Saturday respectively at the earliest, said the spokesman.

The two flights will carry Hong Kong residents in various states in the southeast part of India with special needs primarily, such as people with illness, pregnant women and children as well as family members travelling with them, the spokesman said in a statement.

Upon their arrival in Hong Kong International Airport, the returnees will proceed to AsiaWorld-Expo for compulsory COVID-19 testing, and then sent to quarantine centers for a 14-day compulsory quarantine.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Indian government has suspended all international flight movements since late March. As of Tuesday, the HKSAR government has successfully contacted about 5,490 Hong Kong residents stranded in India.

The spokesman said the HKSAR government had earlier arranged two flights to bring about 570 Hong Kong residents stranded in India back home on May 18 and June 4 respectively. Currently, there are still many Hong Kong residents stranded in different areas of India, and the HKSAR government will continue to assist the stranded residents to return to Hong Kong in an orderly manner in batches subject to the actual circumstances, said the spokesman. 

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