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No new case reported as Russia re-classified as ‘very high risk’ place

12 July 2021

By The SUN 

It's the first time in 26 days that HK reported zero infection

No new confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in Hong Kong today, Jul. 12, despite extensive tests being carried out in connection with two workers at the airport who were recently found to carry the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus.

Thus, the number of confirmed cases in the city remains at 11,951. 

This is the first time in nearly a month that no new case was reported in Hong Kong. The last time this happened was on Jun 17.


Separately, the Centre for Health Protection moved Russia to category A2 or “very high risk,” status starting Jul 16. This means that people traveling from the country will have to quarantine in Hong Kong for 21 days, even if they are fully vaccinated.

In addition, anyone who has stayed in a Group A2 specified place on the day of boarding or 21 days before that, must submit proof of a negative result for PCR-based nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure, and a confirmed reservation for 21 days in a quarantine-designated hotel.

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Further tests will be conducted on arrival at Hong Kong airport, four times during quarantine, and on the 26th day after arrival, at any community testing center.

The CHP statement said the tightening of restrictions for arrivals from Russia was due to the recent rebound of the epidemic situation in the country, and the number of travelers from there who were detected to have the L452R virus strain on arrival in Hong Kong.


Currently, only Ireland is in the A2 category.

Those in the higher category, A1, for “extremely high-risk” places, are covered by a total ban on passenger flights. They include Brazil, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and United Kingdom.

In the past 14 days, a total of 34 cases were detected, all but two of them imported.

The remaining two both involve workers at Hong Kong International Airport who were both found to carry the highly infectious virus strain.

One was linked to three arrivals from Indonesia who were found to carry the L452R mutant strain on arrival, while the source of infection of the other one confirmed yesterday is unknown.

Those on home quarantine must still comply with compulsory testing orders

Meanwhile, the CHP has warned of stiff penalties for recent arrivals who fail to comply with compulsory testing schedules, particularly those on home quarantine.

“Any person who fails to comply with the testing notice commits an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000,” said the CHP statement.

In addition, the person will be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him/her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. If the order is not complied with, the offender will face a maximum fine of $25,000 and jailed for up to six months.

“Besides facing prosecution, persons under compulsory quarantine at home who fail to conduct testing according to compulsory testing requirements may be required to complete the rest of the quarantine period at a designated quarantine centre,” said the statement.

The only people allowed to undergo home quarantine at the moment are vaccinated travelers from the Mainland and Macau.

CHP also announced that people who had been to the following specified premises at designated times are also reminded to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow (July 13):
          - Port Centre, Aberdeen
          - Chung Mei Building, 149-157 Tai Kok Tsui Road, Tai Kok Tsui
          - 1-3 Kam Fung Street, Wong Tai Sin

The CHP also reminded all HK Airport staff, including part-time or relief staff, who had worked from June 20 to July 10, 2021 at Terminal 1, Apron or Midfield Concourse of the airport, to undergo testing by tomorrow.

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