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No new Covid-19 case, but vaccinated traveler from US tests preliminary positive

19 July 2021

By The SUN 

Centre Point in Central where the patient lives has been put on overnight lockdown

No new confirmed case of Covid-19 infection was reported today, but the Centre for Health Protection has announced that it is investigating an imported infection involving the L452R mutant strain.

The case is said to involve a 27-year-old male patient who lives at Centre Point, 72 Staunton Street in Central. He traveled to the United States on Jul 4 and returned to Hong Kong on Jul 14.


The specimen he submitted on arrival at Hong Kong Airport tested preliminary positive for Covid-19. Further testing at the Department of Health laboratory revealed that he carries the L452R strain commonly associated with the Delta variant. He is asymptomatic.

Investigation revealed the patient received two doses of the vaccine from BioNTech in Hong Kong on Apr 26 and May 17.

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As his Ct value is relatively low (about 21 to 24) indicating a high viral load, the patient is believed to have been infected during his recent visit to the US.  CHP has therefore classified his case as imported.

But since he had stayed partly in Hong Kong during the 21 days before he was found infected, or from June 27 to Jul 7, the government has ordered an overnight lockdown of Centre Point Building, where he had resided.


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

Pacific Plaza in Shek Tong Sui (brown building) has been put under compulsory testing

Also put under compulsory testing is his workplace at Pacific Plaza on 418 Des Voeux Road West, where he last went to work on Jul 2. Places he had visited during the incubation period will also be included in the compulsory testing order.

The CHP strongly urges members of the public to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong, in particular to places specified by Hong Kong as extremely high risk and very high risk.


Parents are also urged not to bring their children when traveling abroad.

If the travel is unavoidable, people should get vaccinated to lower their chances of being infected with COVID-19 overseas. They should continue to wear a surgical mask and maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene at all times.

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