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5 males, including Filipino returnee, are HK’s new Covid-19 cases

15 November 2021

By The SUN

4 of the patients tested positive on arrival at the airport, and the 2 while in quarantine 

Six men, including a 24-year-old Filipino resident, were confirmed today, Nov 15, by health officials as the latest coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.

Records from the Centre for Health Protection show that the six patients were all fully vaccinated with BioNTech in Hong Kong before they traveled abroad.

Five of the cases involved mutant strains of Covid-19. The mutation test result of one man is pending.

They took the number of cases in Hong Kong to 12,388.

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Meanwhile, the CHP said its investigation into the cases of three Cathay Pacific cargo pilots who tested positive for Covid-19 days after arriving in Hong Kong show that they might have acquired the infection from a hotel in Germany where they had all stayed.

Contact tracing showed that two of the pilots arrived in Frankfurt on Nov 1 and checked into the Hyatt Regency Mainz. The third crew arrived in Frankfurt on Nov 3 and stayed in the same hotel. On their return to Hong Kong days later, they were all found to carry the Delta variant of the coronavirus.


As all three said they did not leave their hotel rooms or participate in any gatherings, the CHP concluded that their infections may have come from that hotel, and that a cluster outbreak may have occurred.

The CHP has immediately informed the health authority of Germany to follow up on the situation. At the same time, it arranged for all crew members of Cathay who had stayed in the German hotel on or after Nov 1 to be moved to a quarantine center.


As for today’s infections, the lone Filipino patient arrived from Manila on Cebu Pacific flight 5J 272 on Saturday, and he tested positive on his arrival test. He developed symptoms on Wednesday.

A 36-year-old man who lives on Block 5, Rambler Crest, Tsing Yi, tested negative before he traveled to South Africa on Oct 22. He returned to Hong Kong on Nov 11 via Flight QR818 and his specimen collected at the airport tested negative.

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However, his sample tested positive during quarantine at the Regal Airport Hotel in Chek Lap Kok. He carries the N501Y mutant strain.

The place where he resided in Tsing Yi during the incubation period has been included in a compulsory testing notice. Specified persons who were at the venue for more than two hours during a specified period need to get tested on the specified date.

The other new patients were a 24-year-old man who arrived from Qatar via flight QR 818 on Nov 11 and developed symptom on Saturday while in quarantine at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central. He tested positive for antibodies on Oct 6.


Also testing positive was a 68-year-old man traveled to the Netherlands and Germany, and arrived in Hong Kong from the United Arab Emirates via flight CX746 on Saturday. His mutation test result is still pending.

The remaining two patients are aged 23 and 17 who both arrived on flight TK83 from Pakistan via Turkey on Saturday. Their arrival tests showed both had Covid-19 with the L452R mutant strain

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