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HK records 17 imported cases of Covid-19, all but 2 seafarers

27 August 2021

By The SUN 

The operator of the vessel is suspected of giving false information to HK health officials

Hong Kong health authorities reported 17 new Covid-19 infections today, Aug 27, all of them imported.

Fifteen of the patients are sea crew of a cargo vessel, Thor Monadic, that arrived in Hong Kong waters on Aug 24 from Indonesia. All tested positive for the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus.


Staff at the Health Department said they are still investigating if the seafarers had received Covid-19 vaccination.

According to a statement from the Centre for Health Protection, the stricken vessel had a total of 23 sea crew members, and no one had gone ashore after arriving in Hong Kong.

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One of the patients developed cough and symptoms on Aug 20, leading to the testing of everyone on board.

CHP said all of the patients will be sent to hospital for isolation and treatment while the remaining crew members will be quarantined on board the vessel, and tested in accordance with Hong Kong protocols.


Meanwhile, the Health Department is seeking legal advice on whether the operator of the vessel should be prosecuted on suspicion of providing false information when applying for free “pratique”, or permission to have dealings with a port after showing a clean bill of health.

A search on google showed the bulk carrier Thor Monadic is registered in Singapore.

A woman who left HK on Aug 15 tested positive in UK 5 days later

Today's two other patients are both female travelers who tested positive for Covid-19 on their third day of hotel quarantine. Both are asymptomatic.

One of them, who is 43 years old and had come from Lithuania via Frankfurt on flight LH 796, also tested positive for the L452R mutant strain.

The other, who is 24 and had flown in from Azerbaijan via flight QR818 from Doha, had insufficient viral load so the result of a variant test was indeterminate.

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The new cases brought Hong Kong’s total coronavirus tally to 12,093.

Meanwhile, the CHP said it was notified of the case of a 59-year-old woman who left Hong Kong for London on Aug 15 and was found positive for Covid-19 from a sample she gave on Aug 20.

Her pre-departure test conducted in Hong Kong on Aug 13 was negative.

According to the patient, she received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong on Apr 12 and May 3.

The CHP said it is following up the case with the UK health authority.

In the meantime, the buildings where she had resided (Block A of Sunlight Court at 30 Bisney Road, Pok Fu Lam) and worked (28/F, C-Bons International Center, 108 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong) during the incubation period will be put under a compulsory testing notice.

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

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