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HK reports 7 new Omicron & 5 new Covid-19 cases

24 December 2021

By The SUN


There are now 41 Omicron cases in HK, all imported

Hong Kong health authorities have recorded five new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 12,556.

At the same time, the Centre for Health Protection said seven previously reported confirmed Covid-19 cases also tested positive for the Omicron variant. They comprise four women and three men aged 18 to 61, who were reported as imported cases on Monday and Wednesday.


They raised Hong Kong’s total Omicron cases to 41.

Separately, CHP said there were “fewer than 25” preliminary positive cases. These included five karate athletes who just returned from a competition in Kazakhstan via South Korea and a Cathay Pacific cabin crew member who flew in from Sydney aboard flight CX138 on Friday.


Today’s new confirmed cases of Covid-19 included a 64-year-old male toiler cleaner at HK Airport who was reported Friday night as a preliminary positive case. An overnight lockdown of On Hei House in Tuen Mun where he lives did not yield any new cases.

The CHP said about 14 of the man’s contacts, as well as about 40 household contacts and close contacts of those close contacts have been moved to a quarantine centre. No one has tested positive for Covid-19 so far.


The CHP said the cleaner, who was fully vaccinated, worked in a toilet designated for use by preliminary positive cases at the airport, while waiting to be transferred to hospital.

The 26 environmental samples taken by the CHP at the airport all tested negative for the coronavirus.

Environmental samples taken from the airport all tested negative for Covid-19

Two of the remaining cases, both women aged 20 and 25, arrived in Hong Kong on Monday.  One came from Germany and Ireland aboard LH796 and the other, from Australia on CX100. They both received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine.

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The younger woman was in quarantine at Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Tsim Sha Tsui while the older one stayed at Hotel Indigo in Wanchai.

The two remaining cases, one 46-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both arrived on Wednesday on board flight ET608 and tested positive on their arrival tests. They traveled from Ghana and Nigeria via Ethiopia.

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All of the new cases carried the N501Y mutant strain, which often indicates the presence of the dreaded Omicron variant.

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