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Newly arrived Filipina DH found with British variant of coronavirus

05 January 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The Filipina with the variant tested positive while in quarantine here

A 30-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was confirmed with Covid-19 yesterday is among four new patients found to have the highly infections variant of coronavirus first found in Britain, Hong Kong health officials reported today, Jan 5.

According to information staff at the Centre for Health Protection, the Filipina arrived in Hong Kong on Dec 22 aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 300. She developed symptoms while in quarantine at Ramada HK Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun.

She left Manila three days before the Philippine government imposed a ban on all non-Filipinos flying in from Hong Kong and 19 countries where the British variant was found.

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The three other new cases with the variant includes a 40-year-old woman who flew in from France on Jan 2 aboard KL847, and tested positive at the airport.

The two others both returned from the Britain, where 13 other cases detected earlier had flown from.

Earlier today, Chief Executive Carrie Lam defended Hong Kong’s travel ban on Britain last night, calling it necessary though difficult, as it covered even local residents. She made the statement three days after a group of Hong Kong residents stranded in Britain urged for an easing of the restriction so they could return home.

Banning UK flights was difficult because residents are involved, says CE Lam

Meanwhile, CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan announced that there were 32 new Covid-19 cases recorded as of midnight last night, all but one locally acquired. The sole imported case involved a man who returned from Switzerland on Jan 3.

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Among the local cases were nine whose sources were unknown. Included among the 22 linked to previous infections were two medical workers and two patients at Princess Margaret Hospital, who were listed as preliminary positive yesterday.

The new cases also include a nurse who works at a private clinic with branches in Mong Kok and Ho Man Tin. The patient had no close contacts as she usually dined alone while at work. However, all patients who visited the two clinics, as well as two doctors and other employees have to undergo coronavirus testing.

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A trainee at Cheung Hong Community Day Rehabilitation and Residential Service also tested positive.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has reached 9,050. As of 9am today, 707 confirmed patients were being treated in 23 public hospitals and the community facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Of these, 48 are in critical condition, 44 are in serious condition, while the remaining 615 are in stable condition.

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Two male patients died at Tuen Mun Hospital in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 149. An 81-year-old and a 79-year-old, both with chronic disease, passed away last night, at 7:47pm and 9:15pm, respectively.

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