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2 vaccinated returnees test positive for Covid-19

22 July 2021

By The SUN

One of the infected women arrived from the USA, the other from UAE

Two returning residents who had taken two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong were reported as having tested positive today, Jul 22, shortly after flying in from abroad. 

Both women, classified as imported cases, were also found to carry the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus commonly linked to the Delta variant. Both did not show symptoms.


The first case involves a 49-year-old woman who flew in from the United States on Tuesday, and was reported as a confirmed case today, after her arrival test tested positive for Covid-19.

The second is a 36-year-old woman who came traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on July 12 and returned to Hong Kong on Jul 19 via Bangkok, Thailand aboard flight EK384.

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Her specimen collected on her arrival at Hong Kong airport tested negative for Covid-19. However, samples collected from her on day 3 of her hotel quarantine tested preliminary positive. She was also found to carry the mutant strain of the virus.

As she had stayed at Block 6, Handsome Court in Tuen Mun during the 21-day incubation period, the Centre for Health Protection put the building under overnight lockdown tonight.

The Tuen Mun residential block where the infected patient lived has been locked down

Residents of the building will also be subject to compulsory testing on days 3, 7, 12 and 19 counting from today.


As she also went to work in Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay during the infectious period, a compulsory testing notice will be issued for her workplace and the other places she had visited during the same period.

CHP’s investigation showed she received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on May 9 and Jun 5 in Hong Kong. She also had an antibody test on Jul 11 and the result was positive for anti-spike protein.


The woman who came from the US had her two jabs on Mar 10 and Apr 6, respectively.

The CHP said it is continuing its epidemiological investigation and contact tracing of  cases.


In the past 14 days, 25 confirmed cases were reported in Hong Kong, all but one of them imported. The only non-imported case was linked to an infected person from abroad.

Members of the public are advised to avoid unnecessary travels, particularly to places designated by Hong Kong to be extremely high-risk or very high-risk places for Covid-19.

CHP said the spread of the coronavirus across the globe remains severe, with a continuous increase in the number of cases involving mutant strains that are far more transmissible, and have infected even vaccinated individuals.

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