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9 new Covid-19 cases reported as vaccination opened to more people

09 March 2021

By The SUN 

Market vendors are among the 1.3 million people who will get vaccinated next

Hong Kong health officials reported nine new coronavirus cases on Monday, Mar 8, six of them locally acquired.

Three were imported, including a 36-year-old Filipina domestic helper who tested positive at the airport. She was asymptomatic.

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Two others were returnees, a 1-year-old baby boy from Pakistan, and a 46-year-old man from United Arab Emirates. They were both found infected while in hotel quarantine.

Among the local cases, four were of unknown sources, including a 36-year-old security guard in Yuen Long, a 48-year-old waitress from Sham Shui Po, a 41-year-old housewife from Tsim Sha Tsui, and a 35-year-old project coordination in Fanling.

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All of them developed symptoms, such as fever, chills, blocked nose or cough.

They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 11,099.

Nip says there's more than enough jabs for everyone

Meanwhile, about 1.3 million more people from various sectors will be able to book for their Covid-19 vaccines starting Tuesday, after being given priority status by the government.


Secretary for Civil Service Patrick Nip, who is in charge of the vaccination program, said the new priority group includes teachers, public transport drivers, restaurant staff, couriers, construction workers and people working in gyms, beauty parlors and wet markets.

First priority was given to elderly residents aged 60 and above, as well as healthcare workers.


Nip said the government decided to expand the priority list because there are enough vaccines and these workers are also at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

Yesterday, the second batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrived, bringing to one million the number of doses of already supplied to Hong Kong by the German pharmaceutical company.

Another million doses of the Sinovac vaccine procured by the Hong Kong government has already been made available for the free inoculation program.

A third vaccine from AstraZeneca/Oxford University is expected to arrive by the middle of this year.



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