Hong Kong’s government has ordered all Cathay Pacific crewmembers returning from flights to Germany into 21-day quarantine after 3 pilots were found to have contracted the Coronavirus during their layover. But now, images and video from the facility are showing the shocking conditions the crews are being subjected to while detained.
Video from inside Hong Kong’s Container Quarantine Facility
Cathay Pacific pilot @flywitheva from the Netherlands has posted photos and video of the container she’s being forced to spend the next 21 days inside. She notes that the account is her personal account and that she’s not a spokesperson for Cathay Pacific, but because “this is a highly sensitive matter I need to run posting about the situation via them first.”
Even subject to censorship, her photos and video reveal shocking conditions are being subjected to by the Hong Kong government.
In her video, she demonstrates how thin the mattress she’s expected to sleep on and the prison-like shower hose provided for the forced 21-day quarantine. She explains that her overnight layover bag is the entirety of the personal belongings she has been allowed access to for the duration of the quarantine.
At least she doesn’t report any bedbugs?
What crewmembers are subject to the quarantine?
Mateusz Maszczynski from Paddle Your Own Kanoo has more info on the crew being forced to quarantine which includes many who had no contact with confirmed infections:
Cathay Pacific currently operates two passenger flights to Frankfurt per week, as well as a number of cargo-only services. All pilots and cabin crew who have worked on flights to the city since November 1, regardless of whether they had contact with the infected pilots, will now have to endure 21-days in mandatory quarantine.
Crew who are still in Frankfurt, as well as anyone else, considered ‘close contacts’ who are currently abroad, must now quarantine in a hotel for 21-days before being allowed to return to Hong Kong.
When they are allowed to return, they may also then be expected to go into quarantine.
In an internal memo explaining the quarantine order, Cathay Pacific told staffers: “These recent cases are so unfortunate for our crew community and their family members after over 20 months of exemplary operating standards and compliance with the multitude of guidelines and regulations that have been introduced as a result of Covid-19.”
Hong Kong’s Covid strategy, run by Mainland China, has attempted to avoid any imported Covid cases from entering the city. And while the rest of the world returns to normal, Hong Kong has continued with its harsh strategy while pushing out foreign press throughout the pandemic. Now, after 3 pilots contracted Covid in Germany, an undisclosed number of Cathay Pacific crewmembers have been forced into containers for a 21-day quarantine in insane conditions.
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