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Another airport worker tests positive for mutant virus

10 July 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


The new infected patient works as a porter at HK Airport

A porter at Hong Kong International Airport has tested preliminary positive for Covid-19, and his specimen carried the L452R strain. 

This was according to a statement released by the Centre for Health Protection late on Saturday, Jul 10.


The patient is said to be a 50-year-old man who underwent compulsory testing after an airline ground staff was found infected with the mutated virus two weeks ago.

The porter submitted a sample yesterday, July 9, and it tested positive. He was asymptomatic.

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Following the confirmation, the building where he lives at 1-3 Kam Fung Street in Wong Tai Sin has been put under overnight lockdown, and all residents there ordered to undergo testing for Covid-19. 

His workplace and the other places he visited during the incubation period have all been put under compulsory testing.

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Initial investigations showed the man has no recent travel history and mainly worked at the apron of the Hong Kong airport. 

He received the first dose of the BioNTech vaccine on Jul 1.


The patient said he was not acquainted with the other airport worker, case 11902, whose infection was subsequently linked to three Indonesian domestic workers who had stayed in the same part of the airport with him. The Indonesians all carried the mutated strain.

Earlier, the Centre for Health Protection reported an imported Covid case, a 16-year-old boy who had flown in from the UK.

He was in quarantine at a Hung Hom hotel when he tested positive for the virus. He did not have any symptoms.
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