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Inoculated HK man among 4 imported Covid-19 cases

09 June 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

Today's imported case was among the first to get the Sinovac jabs in Hong Kong 

A Hong Kong resident who had two jabs of the Sinovac vaccine before flying overseas is one of four imported Covid-19 cases reported today, Jun 9.

The 32-year-old man flew in from Lebanon on Jun 5 and developed symptoms the next day while in quarantine at Best Western Plus Hotel in Sai Ying Pun. He tested positive on his third-day sample on Jun 7.

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According to staff of the Centre for Health Protection, the patient had received his Sinovac shots on Apr 3 and May 1 in Hong Kong. No coronavirus variant was detected in his sample.

Of the three other imported cases only one was found to carry the N501Y variant, a foreign domestic helper from Sri Lanka.


The 49-year-old woman flew in on Jun 5 and was found infected with Covid-19 on her third-day sample while in quarantine at Ramada Seaview Hotel in Sai Ying Pun.

Another case involves a 42-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who also tested positive on her third-day sample while quarantined at Ramada Sai Ying Pun.


The last case pertains to a 22-year-old male resident who returned from Austria, whose test result for the presence of a mutant virus is still pending.

All 850 residents of the Tin Shui Wai block where the variant carriers live tested negative

There has been no new update on the recent case of a mother and her two daughters who were found to carry the more infectious variant first found in the United Kingdom, when they did not travel abroad recently.

The source of their infection is still being investigated, although Chief Executive Carrie Lam said yesterday it could have only come from an imported case as Hong Kong has no history of the mutant virus spreading locally.

Including the three local cases, the city has recorded a total of 33 cases in the past 14 days. Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally now stands at 11,872.

Because of the variant spread, CE Lam said it was “not appropriate” to relax the social distancing rules just yet.

A government statement issued early this morning said the restrictions against the gathering of more than people in public will remain in force for another two weeks, or until Jun 23.

The rules for dine-in at restaurants and bars, including the number of people who can sit together at tables and how long they can stay depending on whether they are vaccinated or not, will likewise be extended.

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