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Returning Indo DH among 5 new imported Covid-19 cases

23 August 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

It's the second consecutive day that a vaccinated Indonesian DH tested positive on arrival in HK 

Five newly confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in Hong Kong today, Aug. 23. Three had been fully inoculated with BioNTech jabs, while one received the Sinovac vaccine. The fifth is a nine-year-old girl who is unvaccinated.

Among the new cases is a 37-year-old Indonesian domestic helper who flew in from Jakarta on Saturday. 


She is the second Indonesian worker in a row to test positive on arrival at Hong Kong International Airport since a flight ban on countries categorized as high risk for the coronavirus was lifted starting on Aug 9.

Like the first case yesterday, the worker obtained her two doses of the BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong, on May 12 and Jun 2, before flying home. A flight ban imposed by Hong Kong on Indonesia on Jun 25 would have prevented her from returning sooner.

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Both helpers were asymptomatic but were found to carry the L452R mutant strain of the coronavirus commonly linked to the Delta variant.

Three other patients reported as confirmed today also carried the L452R strain, while the test result of one, a 19-year-old male patient who came from the United States, is still pending. All are asymptomatic.


Among those found with the variant is the young girl who came from Nigeria on Aug 15 and tested positive on her fifth day of quarantine at Ramada Harbour View in North Point.

The two others were found infected on their third day of hotel quarantine. They included a 22-year-old man from Turkey who was also staying at Ramada North Point and the returnee from the US who was quarantined at Ovolo Southside hotel.


Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally now stands at 12,062 confirmed cases.

No new infection was found after testing residents in the Tsuen Wan block  

Meanwhile, an overnight lockdown of a housing block in Tsuen Wan ended this morning with no one among the 275 people tested being found to have the coronavirus.

One tenant was found to have ignored the compulsory testing notice and was fined $5,000. He was also ordered to get tested on or before a designated date, or face further sanctions.

The ambush lockdown was ordered Sunday night after a 56-year-old man who had stayed in block 1 of Bo Shek Mansion in Tsuen Wan was found to carry the L452R strain, three days after arriving from the United Arab Emirates on Aug 18.

According to CHP, the patient identified as case number 12057 traveled to Dubai on Aug 15, and returned to Hong Kong three days later via flight EK384. His pre-departure and arrival tests at Hong Kong airport had negative results.

But his sample collected on Aug 20 while he was quarantined at Dorset Hotel in Wanchai tested positive for Covid-19. A confirmatory test showed he had the mutant strain although he was asymptomatic.

CHP’s investigation showed he received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine in Hong Kong on Mar 20 and May 1. A blood test conducted on Jul 12 also showed he had antibodies.

As he had stayed in Hong Kong 21 days before testing positive, the government ordered all people in his residential block to get tested overnight, and also on days 3, 7 and 12 from when his case was announced.
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