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Hong Kong bans transit flights from 150 nations after COVID outbreak

The new measures likely to dent struggling flagship carrier Cathay Pacific

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's international airport said Friday it was temporarily banning transit flights from about 150 countries deemed to be high coronavirus risks as the city battles to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious omicron variant.

The order comes after the international financial hub slapped a two-week ban on flights from eight nations, including the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Canada, from Jan. 8.

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