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Russian Consulate staff tests positive for mutated virus during home quarantine

15 October 2021

By The SUN

Grand Promenade where the patient spent 9 days in home quarantine has been locked down 

The Centre for Health Protection announced tonight, Oct 15, that it is investigating the case of a staff of the Russian Consulate General who tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 involving the L452R mutant strain.

The 55-year-old male patient left Hong Kong on Aug 22 for Moscow and returned to Hong Kong on Oct 5 on flight AY101 via Finland from Russia.

He tested negative on arrival in HK but a specimen he submitted on Oct 14 tested positive for the mutant strain with a Ct value of about 15-16, indicating a heavy viral load.

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The patient remains asymptomatic. He received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine on Jun 29 and Jul 27 in Hong Kong.

According to information provided by the patient, he had stayed at home after his arrival. But as a precaution, his residential block, which is Tower 1, Grand Promenade, 38 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho has been locked down overnight, and all its residents ordered to undergo testing for Covid-19.


Earlier, the CHP reported nine new confirmed cases of Covid-19, including two from the Philippines, two from India, two from Russia, and one each from Egypt, Canada and the Maldives.

The CHP said eight were found to have mutant strains while the test result of the remaining case is pending. Six of the patients were fully vaccinated while the three, including two young girls and 41-year-old man from Egypt, were unvaccinated.


The two who came from the Philippines are both foreign domestic helpers, aged 29 and 28, who were both under quarantine at Penny’s Bay when they tested positive. They both arrived via CX 906, but on separate dates. The first on Oct 10, and the second on Oct 13.

Two FDHs and one close contact staying at Penny's Bay are among the new cases

Of the two who came from India, one was identified as a close contact of a previous case, so was moved to Penny’s Bay quarantine center. The 39-year-old man arrived on Sept 30 via UK 6401.

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The other arrival from India is a 63-year-old female who flew in on Sept 28 via AI134 and was in quarantine at Regal Airport Hotel in Tung Chung.

The other patients include a 35-year-old woman and a three-year-old girl from Russia, a 68-year-old woman from Canada, and a five-year-old girl from the Maldives.

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As one of the passengers of Air Canada flight AC007 tested positive on arrival and one failed to comply with pre-boarding requirements, the flight from Vancouver has been suspended for two weeks, from Oct 16 to 29.
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