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Man who had 3rd dose of Covid-19 vaccine is HK’s lone case

07 November 2021

By The SUN 

Today's case took the same British Air flight as a man found to carry the Delta plus variant 

A man who had received a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom is the lone confirmed coronavirus case reported in Hong Kong today, Nov. 7.

According to a statement from the Centre for Health Protection, the 56-year-old man who arrived on Nov 1 from London via BA027, had received two doses of the AstraZeneca doses in the UK before getting a BioNTech jab on Oct. 31, the day before his flight.

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He was the fourth person from that British Airways flight to have tested positive for Covid-19. Two were found infected on their arrival at Hong Kong Airport, while the third was found to carry the more infectious Delta plus variant, the first such case in the city.

The latest patient developed symptoms on Nov 4 while under quarantine at Four Points by Sheratorn Hotel in Tung Chung.


He and the two earlier patients from the BA027 flight were found to carry the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus, often associated with the Delta variant.

The latest case took Hong Kong’s total tally to 12,369.

Meanwhile the CHP said it was informed by the Singapore health authority that a confirmed case it earlier reported to have come from Hong Kong has turned out to be a false positive.


The patient was described by CHP on Oct 31 as an 18-year-old male patient who lives at Ching Tak House, Tsz Ching Estate, Tsz Wan Shan.

As the case was no longer classified as a Covid-19 infection, the patient’s close contacts have been released from quarantine, the CHP said.

Nip (in blue) has been campaigning hard to get HK's vaccination rate to go up

In a separate development, Secretary for Civil Service Patrick Nip has said unvaccinated civil servants may be required to undergo self-paid coronavirus testing every seven days, from every two weeks.



Speaking on a TV program today, Nip said the increased frequency of Covid-19 testing could encourage the affected civil servants to get vaccinated.

The head of Hong Kong’s vaccination program also said it seemed reasonable to allow government employees to take a day off to receive a third Covid-19 vaccine dose. Private firms should follow suit, he said.


Nip said around 69% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines, partly due to a significant increase over the past month or so in the number of elderly people getting the jab

So far, around 35,000 people had booked their third dose of Covid vaccine under the government's booster shot program, Nip added.


About 1.86 million people from priority groups were urged by the government a few days ago to start booking their booster jabs on Nov 5 and get inoculated from Nov. 11. 

People with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients, can get a third jab 28 days after completing the two-dose regimen, Nip said.

Those 60 and above and those who face a higher risk of infection at their workplace can do so six months after their second jab.

Nip said the scheme may be expanded soon to cover more people, including those who have received their second Sinovac jab for six months, depending on people’s response to the scheme and the capacity of the vaccination centers.

Those who received two doses of BioNTech vaccines can wait for the government to make an announcement later on whether they can get a booster shot, he said.

He said giving the booster jabs has no direct link to resuming quarantine-free cross-border travel with China, but it will be a factor that mainland authorities will consider. 

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