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HK posts 7 coronavirus cases today, all imported

04 April 2021

By The SUN 

The 5 infected passengers with the variant flew in aboard an Air India flight (File)

Hong Kong reported no new local coronavirus infections today, Apr 4, but with seven imported ones, including five returnees from India who were carrying the highly infectious N501Y variant.

The two others were both foreign domestic helpers who did not carry the mutated virus. A 48-year-old Filipina arrived from Manila via a Cathay flight CX906 flight on Mar 31, while a 44-year-old Indonesian flew in on CX2780 from Surabaya on Apr 2.


Staff at the Centre for Health Protection said all the five travelers from India took Air India Flight 1310 from Kolkata on Mar 22, and tested positive for Covid-19 on their second test while in hotel quarantine.

The passengers, aged 4 to 37, were asymptomatic and stayed in three separate hotels.


The CHP said 130 infections had been recorded since Mar 21, including 39 local cases, of which 11 had no known source.

People have been flocking to newly reopened beaches

Despite its constant reminder for people to stay at home and avoid dining out, thousands continued to descend on beaches, theme parks and at malls on the third day of the long Easter and Ching Ming holidays.

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Health officials are worried that the sudden flow of people outdoors could trigger a rebound in local cases. The last time there was no local case was on Mar 27.

Among the officials who expressed concern was Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, who urged the public to remain vigilant during the long holiday.

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“When participating in outdoor events and tomb-sweeping activities during the Easter holidays and Ching Ming Festival, people should remain vigilant and strictly abide by the infection-control rules, as well as wear masks and avoid crowded areas,” Cheung wrote on his blog.


“If members of the public let their guard down or stop being careful, it is very likely a resurgence of cases could happen after the holiday, which would render all our hard work in fighting the virus completely futile,” Cheung said.


On Saturday, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan also urged the public to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded places, as thousands took advantage of the clear weather to go out, mostly to newly-reopened beaches and swimming pools.

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Today’s cases took Hong Kong’s infection tally to 11,509 since the Covid-19 outbreak began in January last year.

The Hospital Authority said that as at 9am today, a total of 127 confirmed patients were being treated in 21 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre.

Of this number, nine patients are in critical condition, three are serious and the remaining 115 patients are stable.



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