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Locals told to avoid non-essential travel as 2 more returnees test positive for Covid-19

30 July 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

CHP says many of the new imported cases involved returnees who went on non-essential trips

Hong Kong residents have been urged not to take unnecessary travel, as two more locals who had been fully vaccinated were confirmed today, Jul 30, to have Covid-19, shortly after returning from abroad.

The two imported cases were also found to carry the highly infectious L452R strain of the coronavirus commonly linked to the Delta variant.


The first, a 54-year-old man who came from Switzerland, had his BioNTech vaccines in Hong Kong on Mar 22 and Apr 12.

The second, who is 44 years old and male, came from the United States. He had been jabbed with BioNTech on May 2 and May 27.

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They took Hong Kong’s total infection tally to 11,984 confirmed cases.

A total of 27 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, and all of them are imported cases. Many involved locals who had themselves vaccinated before flying out, and according to CHP, most had taken non-essential travels.


The CHP urged caution, saying the global rate of infection remains severe and “there is a continuous increase in the number of cases involving mutant strains that carry higher transmissibility, and there are also reports of breakthrough infections in some vaccinated individuals.”

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If travel is unavoidable, the person concerned should get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before departure, said CHP. They must also continue to wear a mask in public, and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.

Some HK people are found infected when they arrive abroad  

Meanwhile, the CHP said it has been notified of two travelers from Hong Kong who were found infected on their arrival abroad.


The first case involves a 45-year-old man who left Hong Kong on Jul 7 for Japan via flight JL0026. All samples collected from him on Jul 2, 3, and 5 in Hong Kong and Jul 7 on arrival in Japan tested negative.

However, he developed symptoms on Jul 19 and his specimen collected the next day tested positive for Covid-19.

The other case pertains to a 48-year-old male man who left for London on Jul 21 via flight CX251. His specimen collected on his arrival in London tested positive although he remains asymptomatic.

As a precaution, the CHP put the places where the two men had lived and worked in Hong Kong under compulsory testing.

These are: B P International in Tsim Sha Tsui, Unit 14, 6/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, Tower 5, Phase 3 - The Graces, Providence Bay, Tai Po, Gateway Hotel, 13 Canton Road, TST and Room 3002, 30/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Road, Causeway Bay.

Any person who had been present at these premises for more than two hours during the specified period has to undergo compulsory testing on or before the specified dates.

Separately, the CHP reminded that persons who resided or worked in the same building as confirmed cases will be subject to compulsory testing on days 3, 7, 12 and 19 after the cases are confirmed by the government. They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day.

All further details on the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong may be found on this dedicated website:

Those who want to find information about the government’s vaccination program, or book an appointment for getting a Covid-19 vaccine may log on to

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