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Female airport staff tests preliminary positive for Covid-19

16 August 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The patient works as lounge staff at HK Airport and did not travel recently

A woman who works as lounge staff at Hong Kong International Airport has tested preliminary positive for Covid-19, with the L452R mutant strain.

The source of infection of the 47-year-old local patient, who is unvaccinated, is unknown.

The discovery of the case has prompted an overnight lockdown of the Mei Yat House in Yat Tung II Estate, Tung Chung, where she lives, so all other residents there could be tested for Covid-19.


According to a statement released by the Centre for Health Protection, the patient developed symptoms including fever and consulted a private doctor on Sunday. Later she went to North Lantau Hospital for testing.

Her deep throat saliva sample tested preliminary positive and carried the L452R mutant strain. 

The CHP has classified the case as a local infection, as the woman had no travel history during the incubation period. She  last went to work on Aug 14. 

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Her workplace and the places she had visited during the infectious period will be included in a compulsory testing notice, the CHP said.

Earlier, three imported Covid-19 cases were reported by the CHP.

They included a 50-year-old man who came from Switzerland, a 48-year-old man from Japan, and a 42-year-old seaman from Malaysia. All three were found to carry L452R mutant strain. 


Staff at the Department of Health said the man from Switzerland flew in with three family members via Swiss Air flight LX138 from Zurich on Aug 8.

All his companions tested positive for the mutant strain three days after they checked in at Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, so the patient was moved to a quarantine centre as their close contact. He was confirmed as a positive case yesterday.

The patient from Switzerland tested positive at a quarantine centre  

The second patient from Japan received two doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong on May 9 and May 30. 

He arrived via Flight CX521 from Tokyo on Aug 12 and tested negative upon arrival. But three days after checking in at Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon City he tested positive for Covid-19.

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The seafarer apparently arrived by ship at Kwai Chung port on Aug 14 as he had no flight record, the DH staff said. His specimen tested positive yesterday.

The new patients took the number of cases in Hong Kong to 12,036.

The Hospital Authority said that as of 9am today, 37 confirmed patients were being treated in eight public hospitals and the infection control centre at North Lantau Hospital.

One patient is in serious condition and the remaining 36 patients are stable, the HA said.  




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