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Two Filipina DHs with variant among 7 new Covid-19 cases

28 April 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Two Filipina DHs who were in hotel quarantine in HK were both found with the variant (File)

Two Filipina domestic helpers are the only variant carriers among seven new coronavirus cases recorded today, Apr 28, according to the Center for Health Protection. Six of the new cases are imported while one is local, and linked to a previous infection.

One of the Filipinas found with the variant is 29 years old, and flew in aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J272 on Apr 19. She was found positive when tested on her seventh day in quarantine at the MetroPark Hotel in Homantin. However, she started having symptoms on Apr 24.


The additional test during the quarantine period has been put into effect only this week. Previously, a newly arrived traveler was tested on arrival, and on the 12th and 19th day of the hotel quarantine.

The second Filipina, who is 25 years old, arrived on Apr 14 aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 906, which has been under an airline-specific travel ban since Apr 19. She was found to carry the mutated virus on her 12th day sample.

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Three other imported cases, aged 11, 39 and 63, all arrived from Nepal via flight RA 409 on Apr 20. They tested positive on their 7th day sample while spending their quarantine in different hotels.

The sixth and last imported case is a 6-month-old baby girl who is the 57th patient to be detected from the virus-plagued Vistara flight UK 6395 which flew into Hong Kong on Apr 4. It was also put under the airline-specific ban for two weeks starting Apr 19.


There was only one local case, and it involves a 28-year-old woman from Kwai Chung who is linked to previous infections.

An expert says quarantine rules should be relaxed for returning residents who are fully vaccinated

Meanwhile, an epidemiologist from the University of Hong Kong has called on the government to relax quarantine rules for fully vaccinated returning residents to encourage more people to take the Covid jab.

“I think one of the things we’ve really got to look at carefully is relaxing the quarantine for people arriving back in Hong Kong who have been fully vaccinated because they don’t pose nearly as much risk as arriving travelers who haven’t been vaccinated,” Prof. Benjamin Cowling has been quoted as saying.

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“That would encourage a lot of people to get vaccinated, that would bring the vaccine coverage up, and Hong Kong would be safer as a result.”

So far, the only place where Hong Kong residents can travel to without having to spend quarantine on their return is Singapore, under a “travel bubble” recently forged between the two governments, and is due to take effect on May 26.

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The Hong Kong government’s Covid-19 website shows 454,519 people, or nearly 7% of the total qualified population have so far received two doses of either the Sinovac or BioNTech vaccine. Another 872,458 people, or 13.3% of those qualified to take the vaccine, have had at least one jab.


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