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Mom & older sister of UK variant carrier also test positive for Covid-19

06 June 2021

By The SUN 

Residents of Shing Yu House, where the patients live, will be tested four times

Seven new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong were reported today, Jun 6, including a lone local case, the 53-year-old mother of a teenage girl who was earlier found infected with the coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom.

It is the first time that the UK variant, with a scientific name B.1.1.7 and labeled by the World Health Organization as Alpha has been detected in a local case in Hong Kong.

The Centre for Health Protection said in a press statement that the 20-year-old sister of the index patient in the cluster is also a preliminary positive case. All three are residents of Shing Yu House, Block P, Tin Shing Court, in Tin Shui Wai.

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The housing block was locked down Friday night but all 850 residents tested all had negative test results. But since a variant case is involved, the residents will be tested four more times in the next two weeks as a precaution.

Their next compulsory testing is set for tomorrow, Jun 7.

The sister is one of fewer than five preliminary positive cases reported today. 


The girls’ family members including her mother, who is a housewife, had been in quarantine since Jun 4 after they were identified as close contacts of the index patient.

The mother was asymptomatic. However, her test results, including a confirmatory screening by the Department of Health’s laboratory, showed she also carried the UK variant.

The CHP said the woman and both her daughters had not received Covid-19 vaccines.


As for the older sister, she developed symptoms including cough, runny nose and diarrhea on Jun 4 and was admitted to hospital yesterday. Her respiratory specimen  tested preliminary positive.

The CHP said she is a student who attended online classes at home. Information she has provided showed she visited the following places in Tsuen Wan on May 29: 

Nina Mall 1, 8 Yeung Uk Road; Nina Mall 2, 98 Tai Ho Road; The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par St; DPark shopping centre; NAMCO, Citywalk II; Volcano Kitchen One, G/F, 75 Tai Pa St, and Chan•Taiwan Cuisine, Shop 122, 1/F, Nina Mall 2. 


The patient said that on May 23, she also visited these places: K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road; Cats Tea Room, Room 3, 3/F, Hai Phong Mansion, 53-55 Haiphong Road; eslite spectrum Store, 2/F-3/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Dragon Centre, 37K Yen Chow St, Sham Shui Po, where she dined at Kakurega Ramen Factory, Room 7083, 7/F, of the mall.

K11 Musea will be put under compulsory testing notice again

As the patient did not use the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app, the CHP said it would broadcast messages to visitors of the same venues she visited according to the latest itinerary she had provided.

The places she had stayed in during the incubation period will be included in a compulsory testing notice. People who had been t the above venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on or before the specified date.  

Six of today's cases are imported, and among them is a Filipino seafarer, aged 23, who arrived on Jun 4 from the Philippines via Asiana Flight OZ721 from Seoul. A staff of the Information Services Department said the man is found to be carrying the N501Y variant.

A 36-year-old Indian seaman also arrived on Friday on KLM Flight KL819 via Bangkok and was found carrying the L452R variant of the disease.

Hong Kong has imposed a ban on passenger flights from the Philippines and India from Apr 20 by virtue of their being “extremely high-risk” countries for Covid-19. But  seafarers from these designated places are allowed to take other routes to enter Hong Kong.

Also arriving last Friday were two Indonesian female helpers aged 28 and 33 who flew in from Surabaya. They tested positive for the regular Covid-19, staff at the government information said.

Today’s imported patients also included a woman aged 24 who arrived from France on Jun 2 on Flight KL819 and tested positive on the third day of her quarantine at Nina Hotel Island South in Wong Chuk Hang.

The sixth imported case was a man aged 58 who arrived from Dubai on Emirates flight EK384 on May 27 and stayed at Silka Tsuen Wan in Kwai Chung. He developed symptoms on Jun 4, took his 9th day test and returned a positive result.

Today’s confirmed cases took Hong Kong’s total caseload to 11,859 so far, the CHP said.

A total of 21 cases have been reported in the past 14 days from May 23, including the 17-year-old girl.

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