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A preliminary case could end HK’s 5-day streak of no local infection

21 May 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The person who tested preliminary positive lives in Cullinan West

Hong Kong health authorities issued a compulsory testing notice on two residential blocks in Sham Shui Po tonight, May 21, saying a resident there was found preliminary positive for Covid-19.

The infection at Towers 5A and 5B, Cullinan West, could end five days of no infection being detected within Hong Kong.


A sole imported case was reported for the third straight day today, involving a 29-year-old Indonesian domestic helper who tested positive on her 12th day in quarantine at Metropark Hotel in Kowloon.

Staff at the Centre for Health Protection said the worker arrived on May 7 on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 708.

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Hopes that Hong Kong would notch a 27-day streak of no unlinked local cases being detected was dashed yesterday, when a 5-year-old boy was finally declared as a true positive case.

Experts had initially thought that an error had been made in declaring him infected after repeated tests taken on him at the hospital where he was taken all yielded negative results. He also did not have antibodies.

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But microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung finally put the doubts to rest Thursday when he said tests done by the University of Hong Kong confirmed the boy’s infection.

Yuen said the boy could have caught the virus way back in January from his neighbors in Pak Tin Estate in Shek Kip Mei, but did not show symptoms. He said about 20 percent of patients who didn’t display symptoms also would not develop antibodies.

Pindutin para sa detalye

Meanwhile, also included in the compulsory testing notice today was Hong Kong Cosco Inn on Praya Road, Kennedy Town where an 18-year-old woman who traveled to Shenzhen on May 5 and was confirmed positive there on Wednesday, had stayed.

Initially, she was reported to have lived in Block 1 of The Belcher’s on Pokfulam Road, so that was the only place linked to her that was initially put under compulsory testing notice.


Her case has been classified as imported, however.

Everyone who stayed at least two hours at Cosco Inn from Apr 29 to May 21 must undergo a Covid-19 test.

The same order is issued for all those who had been present for the same length of time at Towers 5A&5B of Cullinan West from May 8 to 21.

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All fully vaccinated residents, or those who had two doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the indicated period are exempted from compulsory testing. 

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