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US Consulate staff a ‘re-positive’ case, say HK health experts

06 July 2021

By The SUN 

The US Consulate staff had Covid-19 in January and already had antibodies, said the CHP

A staff member of the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong who was reported to have tested preliminary positive last night was classified today, July 6, as “an overseas case with suspected re-positive testing result.” 

This means it is not a case of a re-infection, and will not be included in Hong Kong's Covid-19 tally.


According to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Hong Kong Health Department, the 25-year-old female patient who arrived in Hong Kong last March had been diagnosed with Covid-19 in January this year.

A specimen taken from her on Jul 4 tested positive for Covid-19 although she remain asymptomatic. After being admitted to hospital, her test result was negative for Covid-19 but positive for antibody against the disease, indicating an earlier infection.

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The test result also showed she did not carry any of the mutant strain of the coronavirus.

“After examining the epidemiological, clinical and laboratory findings, this case is compatible with a re-positive case,” said the CHP statement, which also said it was following up the case with US health authorities.


As a precautionary measure, the US Consulate said last night it was shutting down today for thorough disinfection.

Only one case was reported in Hong Kong today, an imported one involving a 56-year-old male returnee from Russia. A staff member of the CHP said he carried the L452R mutant strain.


This marks the 29th day that no local case with unknown source was detected in Hong Kong.

 The city now has 11,944 total confirmed Covid-19 cases.

 A total of 54 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including three local cases linked to imported cases.

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The CHP continues to urge all residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect themselves, their family members, and the community. To book a vaccine appointment, go to the designated website :


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