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HK man tests positive for Covid-19 variant in Australia

07 July 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

The man from HK was found to carry the variant on arrival in Melbourne on Jun 29

A man who had flown from Hong Kong has tested positive for Covid-19 involving the Delta mutant strain on his arrival in the Australian city of Melbourne.

A statement released by the Centre for Health Protection tonight, Jul 7, says the 52-year-old patient departed Hong Kong via flight TR981 in the evening of Jun 26, and transited in Singapore where he stayed for several hours. He left for Melbourne the next day on board flight TR18.


CHP said that while the man tested negative for his pre-boarding Covid-19 test taken in Hong Kong on Jun 24, he was found infected on arrival in Melbourne on Jun 29. He remains asymptomatic.

As a precaution, the CHP tonight ordered an overnight lockdown on the building where he lived before departing Hong Kong. This is Chung Mei Building at 149-157 Tai Kok Tsui Road in Yau Tsim Mong.

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Residents of the building will also be subject to compulsory testing on Days 3, 7, 12 and 19 counting from the day on which the case is announced.

The  man last went to work on 21/F, Tower 1, Kowloon Commerce Centre, Kwai Chung. His workplace and the places he had visited during the infectious period will all be put under compulsory testing notice.


The CHP said it is following up the case with Australian health authorities and is conducting its own epidemiological investigations.

Earlier, CHP reported only one imported case in Hong Kong, involving a 32-year-old man who arrived from Greece, and tested positive at the airport. He was asymptomatic.

Only 4 people may sit together in most restaurants still

Meanwhile, the government tonight announced that it is keeping for another two weeks most of the social distancing regulations that are currently enforced, including the prohibition on more than four people gathering together in public.


In a statement, the government said that while the local epidemic situation has become stable, the threat from mutant strains currently affecting many countries around the world  cannot be ignored.


“If the vaccination rate in Hong Kong can be raised sooner to achieve herd immunity, the social distancing measures can be further relaxed to allow Hong Kong to return to normality as soon as possible,” said the statement.

“We call on the public again to receive vaccination as early as possible."

Health officials say Hong Kong is now on target to achieve a vaccination rate of at least 50% by the end of August. But a rate of at least 70% is needed before the city can achieve herd immunity.
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