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One local, 5 imported new Covid-19 cases reported; 4 with variants

31 March 2021

 By The SUN 

CHP chief Ronald Lam says 72% of all cases last week were imported

Six additional cases of coronavirus infections – one local and five imported - were reported in Hong Kong today, Mar 31.

But 10 preliminary positive cases were also reported, including two with unknown sources.

Of the five imported cases, three are Filipina domestic workers aged 29, 40 and 41, who all arrived on Mar 18 aboard Cebu Pacific flight 5J 572.


The Filipinas all tested negative on arrival, but were found infected on their 12th day in hotel quarantine. Further tests showed they also had the highly infectious coronavirus variant, identified as N501Y.

Another new arrival, a 53-year-old man who flew in from the United States also on Mar 18, was also found to carry the mutated virus.

The sole imported case that was declared free of the variant strain involved a 38-year-old female cargo plane crew who arrived from Turkey on Mar 29, and tested positive for Covid-19 at the airport.

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Dr Ronald Lam, deputy director of health, said that 72% of all infections reported in the past week were imported. Of the 57 cases that were confirmed, 41 were imported and 16 were local.

Those who came in with the N501Y variant have also risen, bringing the total tally to 145. Of these, 71 were identified as British, 20 South African, and 5 Brazilian variants. Thirty-seven of the cases are unidentified, while 12 couldn’t be determines due to the patients’ low viral load.

The building where the sole local case lives will be inspected

Today’s only local case involves a 25-year-old clerk at a property management company in Kowloon whose source of infection cannot be traced. His work involves inspecting buildings managed by his company.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, the patient tested negative for the virus only on Mar 17, when his residential building, Kwai Yick in Sai Ying Pun, was subjected to an ambush lockdown.

Chuang said the man might have been infected during or after the lockdown on his building, which will be inspected by health officials shortly.

Around 10 of his colleagues will be placed under quarantine, and compulsory testing notices will be issued on the buildings he visited for work.

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Among the preliminary cases, the two untraceable ones involve a 23-year-old ceiling renovation worker and a 56-year-old tea lady at Majestic restaurant on Fenwick Street in Wanchai.

Chuang said around 30 of the waitress’ colleagues will be quarantined, and the restaurant where she works will be closed for disinfection.

Dr Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority said Hong Kong now has a total of 11,468 confirmed cases of Covid-19 cases, of which 131 are receiving treatment in 21 public hospitals and the treatment centre at North Lantau Hospital.

Among them, nine patients are in critical condition, three are in serious condition while the remaining 119 are stable.


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