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4 Filipina DHs among 7 new imported cases found with coronavirus variant

26 March 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

The 4 infected Filipinas all flew in on Mar 23 but on two separate flights

Four more Filipina domestic helpers who recently arrived from the Philippines were among seven new imported cases found to have the coronavirus variant, according to health officials today, Mar 26.

Dr Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection said there were a total of 11 cases, eight of them imported and three locally acquired.

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Only one local case was untraceable, and it involved a 38-year-old Japanese flight attendant who visited the GO24 fitness center on Wharf Road, North Point, a couple of times during the incubation period, sparking fears of another gym outbreak.

Au said 20 people who attended her pilates and yoga classes at the gym along with four staff have been classified as close contacts, and will be sent to quarantine centers. About 500 people who had visited the gym at the same time as she did were notified to undergo testing.


Residents of the subdivided flat in Causeway Bay where the woman lives will also be sent to quarantine centers, as they’ve been classified as close contacts. So far, seven have already been identified.

The patient, who had not flown since November, reportedly spent much of her time either at home or in the gym. But she also had coffee at Pacific Coffee in Sheung Wan and ate at a Shake Shack shop.

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During questioning, Au also said the patient had a BioNTech jab at the Sun Yat Sen clinic in Sai Ying Pun on Mar 15. She developed a sore throat on Mar 18, followed by loss of sense of smell, but she did not go for a test until Mar 24.

When asked why she delayed getting tested, the woman reportedly said she thought the symptoms were side effects of the vaccine.


Au reminded everyone to consult a doctor if they experience any symptoms, be it because of the vaccine or the coronavirus, for early detection.

He also said the CHP did not think the infection was related to the inoculation, as what happened in several earlier cases. “The time gap is too short so there could be no relation,” he said.

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Of the three linked cases, one was a family member of a customer of Ursus Fitness in Sai Ying Pun, where a mass outbreak of infections were detected earlier this month. So far, 155 cases have been linked to this cluster, comprising eight staff, 94 customers and 53 close contacts.

Au and Lau at today's press briefing on the Covid-19 cases

Meanwhile, the four Filipina DHs who were found with the N501Y variant all flew in on Mar 23 and tested positive while on their 12th day in hotel quarantine.

Three of them, aged 30, 35 and 45, all arrived via Cebu Pacific flight 5J 272. The fourth, who is also 35 years old, flew in aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR300.

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All three passengers who flew in from Pakistan, comprising a 2-year-old girl, 29 year-old woman and 47-year-old man, were also found to have the variant. The two adults both tested positive at the airport and the toddler, on her 12th day in quarantine.

The only imported infection involved a 21-year-old female FDH who flew in from Indonesia on Mar 12, and tested positive on her second test while in quarantine.

Dr Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority reported that a 72-year-old male patient with chronic illness succumbed to Covid-19 at Tuen Mun Hospital at 9:32 am today. He became the 205th patient to have died of coronavirus in the city.

A total of 175 confirmed patients are being treated in 22 public hospitals and the treatment facility at North Lantau Hospital. Among them, 10 are in critical condition, 7 are seriously ill and 153 are stable.


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