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Immigration Tower's 8th floor shut for 3 days after visit by infected FDH

23 April 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The 8th floor of Immigration Tower will be closed for disinfection until Monday

The Immigration Department has issued a statement Friday night that it will close its Registration of Persons Office on the 8th flooor of the Immigration Tower in Wanchai for three days starting tomorrow until Monday, after a person carrying the mutated coronavirus had visited the premises briefly.

The infected person was identified earlier by the Centre for Health Protection as a Filipina domestic helper who was found to carry the highly infectious N501Y variant five days after finishing her 21-day quarantine.


She was reported to have visited the Immigration Tower, a clinic in Melbourne Plaza, and an employment agency office on Queens’ Road Central on Apr 19, two days after being ending her quarantine at Ramada Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun.

According to an infectious disease expert who inspected the hotel Friday night, the Filipina was apparently infected by two people in the adjacent rooms on the same floor who were diagnosed with the variant earlier.


The two earlier patients who were reportedly part of a family of three who had flown in from India, developed symptoms between Apr 4 and 7, while the Filipina helper was spending her quarantine in the hotel.

Prof. Yuen Kwok-yung from the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, pointed out that the hotel corridor is narrow, and a person who opens the door without wearing a mask could easily be infected.

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He said he has proposed that the hotel reduce the number of guests or install air purifier in the corridors.

Yuen says the hotel corridors are so narrow the virus could easily spread among guests on same floor

Meanwhile, the Immigration statement said the infected helper went to the eighth floor office to apply for a HKID card and stayed there for only about 10 minutes.

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Nevertheless, three immigration officers on the floor were classified as close contacts and will be moved to a quarantine center. The entire office will be sealed for cleaning and disinfection and will reopen on Tuesday, Apr 27.

A separate report posted online by Dimsum Daily said that at about 9:30 pm Friday, the 8 Kennedy Terrace residential block at no 8 Kennedy Road in Mid-Levels was sealed, while about 36 residents in 12 flats were being moved to evacuation centers.

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The infected FDH is said to have moved into her employer’s flat in the building on Apr 17, after finishing her quarantine at Ramada Hotel in Sai Ying Pun, during which all her test results had come out negative.

If her infection is confirmed after a second test tomorrow, the Kennedy Road block will be listed for compulsory testing in line with government regulations to combat the spread of  the virus.


Earlier, CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said the employer’s family members as well as two other FDHs would be taken to a quarantine center. Those who attended to the helper at the employment agency will also be quarantined.

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The Filipina helper was found preliminary positive after getting herself tested at the Leighton Hill Community Testing Centre in Wanchai on Thursday, Apr 22.

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She was the fourth person found with the variant in the community. Two others, an Indian resident and an Indonesian domestic helper, were found to carry the South African variant after being released from their hotel quarantine. The third local case was the Hong Kong-based girlfriend of the Indian man.


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