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Diplomat from Kazakshtan reported as suspected re-positive case

09 July 2021

By The SUN 

Management of the residential block have called on residents to get tested

Just two days after a staff member of the US Consulate General was declared as a “re-positive” case, another diplomat who was previously infected with Covid-19 has been reported as initially testing positive again.

According to reports, the suspected re-positive patient is a 39-year-old man working with the Consulate General of Kazakhstan and lives at Manhattan Heights in Kennedy Town. He arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday and as a quarantine-exempt person, went straight to his house after submitting a specimen sample to a private clinic for testing.


His sample tested preliminary positive. However, a further check at the laboratory of the Department of Health returned an indeterminate result. Inquiries showed the man was infected in Kazahkstan last month.

Staff at the Centre for Health Protection said today, Jul 9, that the man has been sent to hospital for further testing. The CHP is following up the case with the health authorities in Kazakhstan and is pursuing its own epidemiological investigation.

In the meantime, the case has been classified as a suspected re-positive infection.

Earlier, the management office at Manhattan Heights posted a notice saying it received a report from the Centre for Health Protection around 5pm on Thursday, confirming that a resident there tested positive for the virus.

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Because of this, management arranged for a thorough disinfection of the affected unit, and advised all residents to undergo compulsory testing. 

On Tuesday, the US Consulate also posted a notice saying it was closing down the next day after one of its staff tested preliminary positive for Covid-19.

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But on Wednesday, the CHP issued a statement saying it was a suspected re-positive case as further tests on the female staff all yielded negative results. The case was not added to Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally.

The 25-year-old staff who arrived in Hong Kong in March, was diagnosed with Covid-19 in January.


Meanwhile, one more imported case was reported today, Jul 9. It involves an 18-year-old male student who had flown in from the Netherlands on Jul 4 via flight QR 818. He tested positive for the L452R variant on his Day 3 test while in hotel quarantine. 

In a press release issued today, the CHP also said Asiana Airlines flight OZ721 from Seoul has been suspended from flying to Hong Kong for two week, from Jul 10-23. This was because one of its passengers on Jul 6 tested positive by arrival test while another one failed to comply with an unspecified boarding requirement.

The infected person on board was a sea crew who had flown from Manila to Seoul, then onwards to Hong Kong. There are no passengers flights from Manila because of a ban imposed by Hong Kong on Apr 20.

Last night, the CHP also announced that compulsory testing notices were issued on two more places visited by a 52-year-old man who had flown from Hong Kong to Singapore and then on to Melbourne, Australia, where he tested positive for the L452R variant on Jun 29.

These are Festival Grand Cinema on U/G of Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong and the Neptune Chiu Chow Restaurant at UG/F of Waterside Plaza in Tsuen Wan.

People who were at Festival Grand Cinema on Jul 10 should get a Covid test

Anyone who had been at the cinema from 11am to 1pm on Jun 12 should get themselves tested by Jul 10. Those who were at the restaurant from 6pm to 10pm on Jun 19 should likewise get tested before Jul 10.

An overnight lockdown of his residential block in Tai Kok Tsui did not uncover any new infection.

Further tests have also been ordered for those who had been at four specified premises visited by a carrier of L452R linked to an imported case.

This was the 41-year-old part-time cleaner at Bridal Tea House in Yaumatei who tested positive for a test taken immediately after she cleaned the room previously occupied by a new arrival from Indonesia who was found infected with the L452R strain. Her case was reclassified from local with unknown source to one linked to an imported case.

The residential block in Aberdeen where she lives was also locked down overnight, but not a single positive case was found.


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