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FDH found with mutant virus after ending 7-day hotel quarantine

14 August 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


The FDH flew in from LA via CX on Aug 1 and tested negative on arrival and during quarantine

Local Chinese media have reported that a 38-year-old foreign domestic helper who arrived from the United States on Aug.1 has tested preliminary positive for the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus, five days after being released from her 7-day hotel quarantine.

The reports which were published early Saturday said the helper whose nationality was not disclosed, was vaccinated in Hong Kong with two doses of the BioNTech vaccine, on Apr 7 and 28.

She left for the US, apparently with her employer’s family, on Jun 18, and returned to Hong Kong via flight CX883 from Los Angeles on Aug.1. 


She tested negative on arrival at the airport, and during her week-long hotel quarantine.

Under the updated health protocols which took effect on Aug 8, vaccinated arrivals from designated medium-risk places like the US can quarantine for 14 days, which can be shortened further to 7 days if they test positive for antibodies.

In line with the new guidelines, the helper submitted a specimen sample for testing on the 12th day of her arrival, and it came back preliminary positive.

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She had moved to her employer’s detached house on Stanley Village Road in Stanley by then.

After her preliminary positive result, four places and two bus routes have been put under compulsory testing notices, including the FDH section of Immigration Tower in Wanchai.

Those who had gone to the third floor of Immigration Tower from 8am to 11am on Aug 13 are mandated to undergo a nucleic acid test.

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The whole floor will also be closed on Saturday for disinfection, and services will resume on Monday, Aug 16.

3rd floor of Immigration Tower will be closed Saturday for disinfection

Also covered by mandatory testing are people who had been to the following places on the indicated dates and times:  

·         3hreesixty at Stanley Plaza, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on August 9 or 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on August 11;

·         Hong Kong Tennis Centre in Happy Valley, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Aug 12;

·         Bafang Dumpling in Wan Chai, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 8, 2021


The bus routes are No 260, from Stanley Village to Exchange Square in Central; and green minibus no 40 from Stanley to Causeway Bay.

Those who took bus 260 from 8am to 9:30am on Aug 8; and bus 40, between 3:30-5:00pm and 6:30pm to 8pm on the same day, should undergo testing no later than Aug 15.

As the case involves a mutant strain, even those fully vaccinated must comply with the testing order.

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Meanwhile, compulsory testing was also ordered for people who had visited designated stalls between Aug 10-13 in four public markets in Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po, Wan Chai and Lamtin, following the discovery of Covid-19 in samples of imported pomfret from Indonesia.

Details of the compulsory testing notices can be found here:


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