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Saudi diplomat’s daughter listed in critical condition

24 July 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

A lockdown on Tuesday of the Tai Koo building where the family lives did not yield any new infection

The 13-year-old daughter of a Saudi Arabian diplomat in Hong Kong was listed in critical condition today, Jul 24, four days after testing positive for Covid-19 and being found with the highly infectious L452R strain of the virus.

The news comes as two more imported cases were reported today. The first involves a 36-year-old man who flew in from the United Arab Emirates, and the second is a 26-year-old woman who came from the United States.


Both patients are asymptomatic and were found infected during hotel quarantine.

The infection of the diplomat’s daughter created a stir earlier this week as she was found to have gone to several places in the city, along with her 11-year-old brother, while supposedly under home quarantine since their arrival on Jul 16 from Saudi Arabia.

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As children of a diplomatic officer, they were exempt from quarantine, but they should have spent a period of home isolation in their residence at Tang Kung Mansion in Taikoo Shing, Quarry Bay.

The boy also tested positive for Covid-19 but the result of his test for the mutant strain commonly linked to the Delta variant, has not been disclosed.


The girl developed symptoms on Jul 17, but despite this, she and her brother went to various places. The girl went to Citygate mall and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car station in Tung Chung, while her brother had been to The Peak.

Authorities later disclosed the girl had also gone to Apita and Zara at Cityplaza mall in Taikoo Shing


The siblings were first reported to have tested preliminary positive on Jul 19, sparking a lockdown of their residential building.

After their cases were confirmed the next day, other members of their household, including their father, elder sister, a driver and a domestic helper, were sent to a quarantine camp.


The Department of Health said then that high-ranking consulate officials and their immediate families can be exempted from quarantine at designated hotels but they must comply with certain restrictions, like being driven from the airport direct to their home for self-isolation.

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Including the diplomat’s daughter, there are 32 patients hospitalized in nine public hospitals and the infection control centre in North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong.

One patient is in serious condition, while the other 30 patients are in stable condition.

So far, a total of 11,696 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged. 





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