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8 imported cases reported, including 3 FDHs

09 October 2021

 By The SUN

The two Indonesian DHs were in quarantine at Penny's Bay

With the strong wind signal no. 8 hoisted across Hong Kong, eight new imported cases of Covid-19 were reported by health authorities today Oct. 9, including three foreign domestic helpers - two from Indonesia and one from the Philippines.

The two Indonesians, aged 36 and 45, tested positive while in Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre while the 37-year-old Filipina was in Silka Tsuen Wan hotel.

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All the helpers were fully vaccinated in their home countries, along with the remaining patients in the list, except for a month-old baby boy from Pakistan who was in quarantine at Ramada Seaview Hotel in Sai Yung Pun.

All were asymptomatic.


The other patients included a 13-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man who came from Pakistan and were both in quarantine at Silka Far East Hotel in Tsuen Wan; a 36-year-old woman from India who tested positive on arrival, and a 29-year-old man from Nepal who was at Silka Seaview hotel in Yau Ma Tei.

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection said that the first local case in 51 days involving a L452R mutant strain, belongs to the Delta variant.


The CHP statement said the Department of Health laboratory will carry out further sequencing analysis and compare the genomes of recent imported case involving the mutant strain to try and find a link to the local infection.

Separately, the Environmental Protection Department said sewage samples taken from Golden Lion Garden, where the 48-year-old airport cargo handler lives, had tested positive for Covid.

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However the EPD said the viral load in the samples was low, so it would collect more samples when the weather improves

Other reports said genetic sequencing of the man’s sample showed a close resemblance to a case from Britain that was reported late last month.

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Polytechnic University researchers reportedly found only seven different genetic mutations between the two samples, which both carried the Delta variant.

Gilman Siu from the university said the local man was likely infected by an imported case but it was also possible that he got the virus from contaminated cargo.

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