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13 new Covid-19 cases reported, including 3 FDHs, 5 family members

28 September 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

QR 818 from Doha flew in with six infected passengers on Sunday

Hong Kong reported 13 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 today, Sept 28. All the patients, which include three babies, have been found to carry the L452 mutant strain of the coronavirus.

Six of them flew in aboard Qatar Air flight QR 818 from Doha on Sept 26, prompting Hong Kong authorities to suspend the flight for two weeks from today until Oct. 11

According to staff at the Centre for Health Protection, five of these six passengers were members of the same household.

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They include a 54-year-old foreign domestic helper and all three babies, two of them male twins aged 8 months, and another baby boy aged 6 months.

The other member of the family who tested positive on arrival at Hong Kong airport is a 36-year-old woman. All of them had come from Morocco before taking the flight from Doha.

The two women who were with the babies were fully vaccinated with BioNTech in Hong Kong between March and May this year. Apart from one of the twins who showed symptoms on arrival, everyone was asymptomatic.

The sixth passenger of the banned flight is a 37-year-old man who had flown to Italy on Sept 11 and returned to Hong Kong after 15 days.

As he was in Hong Kong for part of the incubation period, Jones Hive in Causeway Bay where he lived, and his place of work on the 23rd floor of Lee Garden Three, will be put under compulsory testing notice (CTN).


Also among the infected patients are two Filipina domestic helpers who were in quarantine at Penny’s Bay. They both traveled to Hong Kong on Sept 24, but on separate flights.

One of them, who is 33 years, took Cathay Pacific flight CX906 while the other, aged 41, came via Cebu Pacific flight 5J272.

Both received two doses of Sinovac vaccine in the Philippines between Jun 6 and Jul 15. Both do not have any symptoms.

The 2 Filipina DHs tested positive on Day 3 of their stay at Penny's Bay quarantine centre

Three other patients were also on quarantine when found infected.

They include a 22-year-old man who flew in from Kenya aboard QR818 on Sept 19, and was detected with Covid-19 on his seventh-day test while in quarantine at Bridal Tea House hotel in Yau Ma Tei. He received the single-dose Convidecia vaccine in Pakistan.


Another is a 27-year-old man who flew in from Pakistan aboard Emirates flight EK384 on Sept 24 and was quarantined at Ramada Seaview Hotel in Sai Ying Pun. He received the Sinopharm vaccine in Pakistan in March and April.

The third is an 18-year-old male who came from Kyrgyztan on Sept 24 via OZ721. He was staying at Best Western Hotel in Wanchai when he tested positive.

Two other patients tested positive on their arrival test. One of them is a 28-year-old man who came from the United States via TK083. He had two jabs of BioNTech in Hong Kong on Apr 28  and 19.

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The last patient is a 39-year-old man who came from India via United Arab Emirates aboard Emirates flight EK 384. He, too, was vaccinated in Hong Kong with the BioNTech vaccine on May 7 and 28.

He traveled to India on Sept 10, and returned to Hong Kong with a sore throat on Sept 26.

As he was in Hong Kong during part of the infectious period, Block C of Hankow Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui where he lived previously, as well as his workplace, Shop 9, G/F, CFC Tower, 22-28 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, will also be put under CTN.

The new cases pushed Hong Kong’s total tally to 12,209.

Meanwhile, the CHP said it is also investigating the case of a 37-year-old woman who traveled to Macau on Sept 19, and whose specimen sample collected there on Sept 26 tested positive.

The patient received two doses of Sinovac vaccine on Mar 11 and Apr 8 in Hong Kong. The next day, she travelled to the UAE, then went on to Egypt, Croatia and Montenegro until Jul 10 this year.

As a prudent measure, her residential building, Block 3 of The Zenith at 258 Queen’s Road East in Wanchai will be included in a CTN.

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