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Over 20 kindergarten kids quarantined after 4-year-old boy found infected

15 May 2021

By The SUN 

The boy's case is the first untraceable infection in a week

Around 24 students and a teacher at a kindergarten school in Shek Kip Mei will be put under quarantine after a four-year-old boy was reported today, May 15, as having tested positive for Covid-19, the first untraceable local case in a week.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, the boy who studies at HKVNS Alumni Association Kindergarten last went to school on May 12. He started having a fever and sore throat the following day, and went to see a private doctor in Tsing Yi.


His sample showed he had Covid-19 although his viral load was low.

About two dozen pupils and teachers in the boy’s class will be sent to a quarantine hotel. Chuang said the kids will be accompanied by family members, and will be given toys and books.

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The infected boy reportedly splits his time between two homes, one in Shek Kip Mei and the other in Ho Man Tin. Both his parents work in restaurants, but tested negative in their latest regular tests.

The only other time the boy had gone out was for a meal with his family, limiting the possible route of transmission, so Chuang said that “hopefully we will find the possible source of infection for this case.”

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Two other cases were reported today, and both involve foreign domestic helpers who arrived from Indonesia. One is 35 years old and arrived in the city on May 1, and the other is 21 years old, and arrived on May 7.

One of them did not carry the N501Y variant while the other’s viral load was too low for genome sequencing.

Today’s new cases took Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,822.

Chuang says contamination could be the reason the lab clerk tested positive

Meanwhile, a man who made news recently after being tested positive for coronavirus despite receiving two doses of the BioNTech vaccine could soon be declared as a false positive case.


According to Chuang, genome sequencing showed that the man, who worked as a clerk at BGI Laboratory, carried a strain of the virus which was not similar to what was circulating at the time he was found infected on May 4.

Rather, the strain was closer to the one that originated from Wuhan, suggesting it may have been a case of contamination.

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If the case is found to have resulted from contamination, it will be removed from Hong Kong’s list of infections.

Meanwhile, Dr. Linda Yu, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority said that as of 9am today, 56 confirmed patients were being treated at 14 public hospitals and the North Lantau infection control center.

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They include two patients in critical condition, one in serious condition, and the remaining 53 in stable condition.


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