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Filipina DH at Penny’s Bay, man from UK today’s latest Covid-19 cases

21 November 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The Filipina tested positive on her third day at Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre

A 35-year-old Filipina domestic helper who arrived five days ago from Manila and was at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre in Lantau was one of two new coronavirus cases today, Nov 21, Hong Kong health authorities said.

She and the other newly confirmed patient carried the L452R variant of a mutant strain of the Covid-19 virus, the Centre for Health Protection said. They were both asymptomatic.

The Filipina arrived on Nov 17 from Manila on Cathay Pacific flight CX906. The sample she submitted at the Hong Kong International Airport upon arrival tested negative.


But the specimen she submitted on her third day of quarantine at the Penny’s Bay facility tested positive on Saturday, the CHP said.

The Filipina received the single-dose vaccine from Johnson&Johnson in the Philippines on Jul 27.

The CHP said the other positive case is a 75-year-old man who arrived from London via flight CX252 on Nov 19.


The man tested positive on his arrival test at the airport, the CHP said. He received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in the United Kingdom on Aug 20 and Oct 29.

The two new patients took the number of cases in Hong Kong to 12,402 so far, the CHP said. A total of 32 cases had been reported in the past 14 days until Nov 20, all imported.

The Hospital Authority reported that as of 9am today, there were 36 confirmed patients being treated in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and the HA Infectious Disease Centre. All of them are stable, the CHP added.

Tests are being carried out tonight on residents of a building in this posh DB village

Meanwhile, the CHP said it is investigating a preliminary positive imported case involving the L452R mutant strain.


The patient is a 23-year-old man who left Hong Kong on Nov 14 for the United States after he tested negative for Covid-19 on Nov.13.

He returned to Hong Kong on Nov 20 from the US on flight CX521 and his specimen collected upon arrival at HKIA tested positive for Covid-19. The patient is symptomatic.

His Ct value is less than 30 and his specimen carried the L452R mutant strain. He received two doses BioNTech vaccine on Apr 27 and May 18 in Hong Kong


As the patient had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period and due to the presence of a mutant strain with higher transmissibility and risk of infection, the government put Jovial Court, Peninsula Village, Discovery Bay under lockdown tonight.

Places that the man visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period will also be included in a compulsory testing notice. Persons who were present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on the specified date.

Specified persons who lived on Block 4, New Jade Garden at 233 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, as well as in Way Man Court at 50-52 Village Road, Happy Valley, are reminded to undergo compulsory testing tomorrow, Nov 22, in accordance with the CTN.


Block 4 of New Jade Garden was where a 29-year-old Indonesian helper lived after her quarantine following her arrival from Jakarta on Oct 15. She was found positive in Indonesia on Oct 13 but tested negative the next day. She was also negative on arrival and during quarantine.

On Nov 15, she went for compulsory testing but the result was indeterminate. But, after being sent to hospital, she tested positive with a low viral load.

Way Man Court, at 50-52 Village Road, Happy Valley, was locked down overnight Nov 19 after a Filipina helper who joined her employers there after quarantine tested positive with the L452R strain. No other infected persons were found.


The 31-year-old Filipina arrived on Oct 23 via 5J272 and tested negative upon arrival in Hong Kong. All six of her tests while at Penny’s Bay were negative. But five days after joining her employer in Way Man Court, she tested preliminary positive for the mutated strain with a low viral load.

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