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HK confirms 30 mostly imported cases including Filipina DH with variant

18 April 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

A record 29 imported cases were reported today

Hong Kong had only one local coronavirus case today, April 18, but its caseload for the day rose to 30 as the rest who tested positive were new arrivals from abroad, including one Filipina and four Indonesian domestic helpers. A record number of 22 infected travelers from India was also reported.

Today’s imported cases were the most recorded in a single day since Mar 15 and took the total tally to 11,684.


The Centre for Health Protection announced the jump in cases as Health Secretary Sophia Chan said today the government is looking at further tightening hotel quarantine measures and flight restrictions, and banning more flights from high-risk countries.

Chan said in a radio show officials need to assess the situation and discuss with experts before deciding whether stricter measures were warranted.


She spoke after a 29-year-old Indian man who returned from Dubai and completed 21 days of quarantine tested positive for Covid-19.

The man’s 31-year-old girlfriend, with whom he lives in Parkes Building in Jordan, is today’s only local case. Like her boyfriend, she was found to have the N501Y variant.


Among today’s imported cases, only the 35-year-old Filipina DH who flew in aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 300 on Apr 16 and tested positive at the airport, was found to carry the mutated virus.

She brought to three the number of new arrivals from Manila found with the variant since yesterday. Only two more such cases in the next five days would trigger a two-week suspension of all flights from Manila under Hong Kong’s enhanced entry restrictions that took effect on Wednesday, Apr 14.

Today's variant carrier from Manila is the 3rd in 2 days

Chan said Hong Kong strengthened its suspension of flights mechanism as more passengers who arrived recently from India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and other places testing positive with some carrying the highly infectious  N501Y variant.

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“If we look at the past data, from March to now, we have already suspended seven flights for 14 days from different countries. And therefore, with this new mechanism, we envisage that we will be suspending more flights,” she added.

Two of today’s four Indonesian patients arrived on Apr 16 via Cathay Pacific Flight CX798 from Jakarta while the third arrived on CX798 on Apr 17.

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The fourth was asymptomatic upon arrival on Mar 31 and was quarantined at Ramada Hong Kong Harbourview in Sai Ying Pun. Her sample collected on Day 19 tested positive.

All 22 imported cases who arrived from India on April 4 via Vistara Flight UK6395 from New Delhi tested positive after their 12th day of hotel quarantine, the CHP said.


Ten of them stayed at Ramada Hong Kong Grandview in North Point, six at Ramada Hong Kong Harbourview at Sai Ying Pun, four at Regal Airport Hotel Chek Lap Kok, and two at Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong.

Two other foreign cases were a man, 19, who arrived from Egypt on a Qatar Air Flight 818 from Doha and developed symptoms upon his arrival on Apr 16, and a woman from Canada aged 22 who arrived on an unknown day this month and tested positive after her 12th day of quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Grandview in North Point.

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A total of 152 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days from Apr 4 to 17, including 36 local cases of which 12 are from unknown sources.

The Hospital Authority said as of 9am today, a total of 144 confirmed patients were neing treated in 18 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre.

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Four patients of the patients are in critical condition, three are serious and the remaining 137 patients stable.


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