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3 lockdowns across HK as 2 locals test positive for Omicron strains

01 January 2022

By The SUN


Compulsory testing at Nam Tin, where the infected female aircrew lives

Three buildings located in North Point, Tung Chung and Ma On Shan have been locked down overnight after two local residents tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 with the N501Y and T478K mutant strains linked to the Omicron variant.

One of the patients, a 50-year-old housewife, is suspected to have caught the coronavirus from the Moon Palace restaurant in Kowloon Tong where she had lunch around 12 noon to 2pm on Dec 27. Three other people who were there at the same time, including a Cathay Pacific aircrew, had tested positive for the coronavirus with Omicron earlier.


According to a statement released by the Centre for Health Protection, the woman developed cough and runny nose on Dec 30 and was moved to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre the next day.

She lives at Block 6, Villa Athena, 600 Sai Sha Road, Ma On Shan, which has been locked down from 10:30pm Saturday as a precaution. All residents there will be tested before the lockdown is lifted at 8am Sunday.

Pindutin para sa detalye\

The CHP has issued an appeal to people who had meals at Moon Palace from 1pm to 3pm on Dec 27 to call its hotlines at 2125 1111 or 2125 1122 as soon as possible so they can be tested and contact tracing can be undertaken.

Earlier, two other buildings were locked down after they were linked to a female local aircrew who also tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 with the two mutant strains.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The 28-year-old woman lives in Nam Tin Building on King’s Road in North Point but has stayed at a friend’s flat at Tower 6, Albany Cove, Caribbean Coast Phase II in Tung Chung since Dec 29. Both buildings were sealed off overnight so residents there could be tested.

Heavy police presence ensures nobody gets to leave the building during the lockdown

According to the CHP, the woman left Hong Kong on Dec 24 for the United States and returned on Dec 27 via flight CX885 from the US. She tested negative at the airport so was able to go home.

A specimen sample she gave at a community testing center tested negative on Dec 29 but she developed symptoms that evening. She consulted a private doctor on Dec 30, and her sample tested preliminary positive on Jan 1.


Everyone who had stayed at either of the two places she visited will be required to undergo testing before 2:30am Sunday at temporary specimen collection stations set up in a restricted area. Residents are advised to stay put until all the test results have been ascertained.

In accordance with the latest rules anyone who resided in the same building as the patient suspected to have Omicron should undergo compulsory testing on days 2, 3, 4, 7, 12 and 19 after the confirmed case last stayed in the premises.


Residents with related inquiries may call the hotline of the Home Affairs Department: 2835 1473, which started operating at 10.30pm Sunday.

The CHP said strict follow-up will be done on whether all persons concerned have complied with the CTN. Anyone found guilty of non-compliance may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000.

In addition the person will be issued with an order to get tested within a specified period. Failure to comply with the order would make the person liable to pay a fine of up to $25,000 and sentenced to a maximum jail term of six months.


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