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Filipina DH with variant and baby ward among 4 new Covid-19 cases

30 April 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


One block in Caribbean Coast was evacuated, others put under compulsory testing (FB photo)

A 39-year-old Filipina domestic helper who was reported last night as the first local case to have acquired the much-dreaded coronavirus variant from an unknown source was officially confirmed today, Apr 30, as one of four new Covid-19 cases.

A 10-month-old baby girl who is under her care is also listed as a confirmed case, but the Centre for Health Protection said the result of a test done on her to see if she also carries the variant, is still pending.


Their infections caused CHP to order the evacuation last night of all residents on Block 11 of Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung, said to comprise 40 households. They have all been moved to government quarantine centers for isolation within the next 21 days.

At least one Filipino family comprising six members were among those moved to Penny’s Bay quarantine center in line with the order.

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All other residents of Caribbean Coast were also told to undergo compulsory testing by today.

Most evacuated residents are taken to Penny's Bay quarantine camp in Lantau

According to a statement released by the CHP, the Filipina helper, identified as case number 11773, developed a cough on Apr 23, but did not see a doctor until Monday, Apr 26.


She underwent testing for Covid-19 at a Community Testing Centre on Apr 27 and tested positive. She was later found to carry the highly infectious N501Y strain of the virus.

During the incubation period, she joined a choir at a church in Tsing Yi, visited a park, a wet market, and two shopping malls in Tung Chung. All these places had been placed under compulsory testing notices, which means everyone who had stayed there for two weeks until Apr 26 must submit themselves to Covid-19 tests by tomorrow.

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The two other cases were imported, including a 30-year-old male domestic helper from India, who became the 58th passenger to test positive from the virus-plagued Vistara flight UK 6395 which arrived in Hong Kong on Apr 4.

The flight was put under a two-week suspension on Apr 19.

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The other imported case involves a 41-year-old woman who flew in from Nepal on Apr 27 via flight RA 409, and tested positive at the airport.

Yesterday, 13 imported infections from Nepal were included in the day’s list of cases, including two with the variant, prompting Hong Kong to impose a ban on all flights coming from the country.

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Nepal, which is now under a nationwide lockdown due to a surge in local infections, is the fourth country to be subjected by Hong Kong to a flight ban recently after the first local case with the mutant virus was reported. Earlier banned were flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Today’s new cases brought Hong Kong’s total infection toll to 11,775.

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