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Filipina DH tests preliminary positive for coronavirus variant

23 May 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

Tower 6 of Island Harbour View has been locked down overnight 

A 46-year-old Filipina domestic helper has tested preliminary positive for the N501Y mutant strain of the coronavirus, causing authorities to order an overnight lockdown on the Tai Kok Tsui building where she has moved into, to work for a prospective employer.

A statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection tonight, May 23, said the Filipina DH was found infected when she took a Covid-19 test in compliance with the second round of compulsory testing for all FDHs ordered by the government from May 15 to 30.


According to the statement, the FDH had traveled to Pakistan with her former employer’s family in early February this year and returned to Hong Kong on Apr 3. She then spent her 21-day quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun until Apr 23.

On her release from quarantine she stayed in the flat of her former employer at 31 Tai Wong Ha Resite Village between Apr 24 and 29, before moving in with her prospective employer in Tower 6 of Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui.

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She had herself tested for Covid-19 at community testing centres on Apr 28 and May 7, and both results were negative.

Yesterday, May 22, she got tested again at Henry G. Leong Yau Ma Tei Community Centre and the result was preliminary positive. She is asymptomatic.

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In addition the preliminary test result processed by the Department of Health’s laboratory revealed that the patient has the N501Y mutant strain but not the E484K variant first found in South Africa, or the recently listed L452R mutation.

The CHP statement said medical investigations and contact tracing relating to the case are continuing. In the meantime, all those identified as her close contacts will be transferred to a quarantine center.


Another preliminary-positive case was reported today, involving a nurse at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre vaccination centre in Jordan. She last worked on Saturday.

In line with health protocols adopted for an N501Y case with an unknown source, an overnight lockdown was imposed on Tower 6 of Island Harbourview, and all residents of the building will be tested.


Anyone found infected will be taken to hospital for treatment, while household contacts and everyone living in the same flat or subdivided unit will be subject to 21-day quarantine.

Those who test negative in the initial round will be tested again on Days 3, 7, 12 and 19,

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But in case further infections are detected in the same building, all residents of the block would be classified as close contacts and placed under quarantine for 21 days, “as there would be evidence of transmission."


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