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Filipina DH lone variant carrier among 6 new Covid-19 cases

25 April 2021

By The SUN 

The Filipina was under quarantine at Dorsett Tai Kok Tsui when found to carry the variant

Six new Covid-19 cases were reported Sunday, Mar 25, including a Filipina domestic helper found to carry the highly infectious coronavirus variant.

Including the Filipina, all four imported cases today involved foreign domestic helpers. The three others are all Indonesians.


The two local cases, a 60-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, are family members of a kindergarten teacher who was confirmed positive last Thursday. They all live in La Cite in Tseung Kwan O.

The Filipina, 39, was asymptomatic and tested negative upon arrival from Manila on Apr 12 aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J 272. But she was found infected with the mutated strain of the coronavirus on her 12th day of quarantine at Dorsett Mongkok in Tai Kok Tsui .


Three Indonesian female domestic helpers were also found positive today.

The first one, aged 40, arrived on Apr 16 via Cathay Pacific and tested found positive on Day 12 while staying at Ramada Hong Kong Grand in Tsim Sha Tsui. That’s the same hotel where Hong Kong’s first local N501Y case is believed to have acquired his infection .

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The two other Indonesians, aged 30 and 34, arrived on the same Cathay flight on Saturday and tested positive at the airport, the CHP said.

Today’s cases took Hong Kong’s  caseload to 11,737. A total of 162 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days until Saturday, including 37 local cases of which 17 have unknown sources.

Sample contamination in BGI's lab led to 28 people being declared false positives

Meanwhile, the government has announced the suspension of the mobile sampling services provided by BGI Group following a laboratory contamination that led to 28 samples being declared preliminary positive last Thursday.

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They included specimens taken from two recent arrivals from the mainland, including one who had herself fully vaccinated before crossing the border.

Another false positive was a kindergarten teacher who raised concerns about a possible widespread transmission as she attended several big events before she was identified as a virus carrier.


The CHP said that 73 people had been moved to quarantine centers after being identified as close contacts of those wrongly declared as positive, before the mistake was uncovered.

Government adviser Yuen Kwok-yung said after inspecting the laboratory that the two positive ones in the batch of samples taken to the BGI laboratory the previous day were coincidentally the first two that technicians handled. 

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The Food and Health Bureau said it will suspend the use of BGI Group’s mobile sampling stations and will not rule out using less testing services of the group. 

The bureau said it will follow the case seriously and impose punishment based on the results of the probe and seriousness of the event, in which ending the contract is an option. 

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The government has asked BGI to make an in-depth investigation and report its findings. It also asked BGI to follow suggestions by Yuen and teams of the University of Hong Kong. A third party examination by an independent group will also be made to ensure the investigation is professional. 

Any violation of professional codes will be reported to and handled by the Medical Laboratory Technologists Board.


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