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Filipina DH with variant among 6 new Covid-19 cases

28 August 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The Filipina DH flew in from Manila on Aug 24 (File)

A returning Filipina domestic helper who was fully vaccinated in Hong Kong is one of six new cases of Covid-19 confirmed today, Aug 28. All are imported, and except for a baby on the list, all were asymptomatic.

Health Department staff said the 38-year-old Filipina arrived on Aug 24 via Cathay Pacific flight CX918. She tested negative before leaving Manila and on arrival in Hong Kong.


However, her third day sample while in quarantine at Ramada Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun tested positive for Covid-19 and also showed she carried the L452R mutant strain.

She had two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong on Jun 5 and 26.

Also among the confirmed patients is a five-month old baby girl who came from Azerbaijan on Aug 23 and showed symptoms the next day while at a quarantine centre. She was taken there after her 24-year-old mother tested positive for Covid-19.

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Both had flown in via Qatar Air flight QR 818 from Doha which has been suspended from flying to Hong Kong for two weeks after the mother’s positive test, and two other passengers not complying with boarding requirements.

The baby was taken to a quarantine center after her mother tested positive on Thursday

Two other passengers were fully vaccinated but were also found to carry the L452R strain.

One is a 53-year-old man from the United States who flew in via CX 845 and tested positive on arrival at Hong Kong airport. He received two jabs of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong on Mar 17 and Apr 17.

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The second one is a 35-year-old man who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on Aug 24 via CX 746 and tested positive on his third-day sample at Mira Moon Hotel in Causeway Bay. He was fully inoculated in the United Kingdom with the BioNTech vaccine on Jul 3 and Aug 24.

The two other passengers have pending test result for the presence of variants.


One is a 19-year-old male patient who flew in from Belgium via flight LH796 and tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Hong Kong. He was fully vaccinated in Belgium with the single-dose Johson and Johnson vaccine on Jun 28.

The last is an 18-year-old male who came from Myanmar and tested positive on his third-day test while in quarantine at Dorsett Hotel in Mong Kok. There is no record of him being vaccinated.

The new confirmed cases brought Hong Kong’s total Covid tally to 12,101.
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