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14 more Omicron and 9 new Covid-19 cases recorded in HK

27 December 2021

By The SUN


Today's 9 new Covid-19 and 14 Omicron carriers, are all recent arrivals from overseas

Health authorities have reported 14 new cases of patients testing positive for Omicron today, Dec. 27, on top of nine newly confirmed Covid-19 infections. All are imported cases.

The Omicron cases were first reported as testing positive for Covid-19 on Dec 24 and 25. All carried the N501Y mutant strain, which is often linked to the new variant of concern.

The cases involved eight males and six females, aged 20 to 80 years old. Nine of them tested positive during their arrival test at Hong Kong airport, while five were found infected during quarantine.


Hong Kong now has a total of 58 cases involving the Omicron variant. All are imported cases except for one involving a male toilet cleaner at the airport, whose case was classified as import-linked after genome sequencing showed he was infected by a passenger from Ghana.

The Centre for Health Protection also said it was investigating nine additional confirmed cases of Covid-19, taking the number of cases to 12,599, including one probable cases.

All of today’s patients carried the N501Y mutation, indicating that they probably carry the Omicron variant as well. They comprise five males and four females, aged 19 to 59.


Four tested positive on their arrival test, two during quarantine, and three while in isolation at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre after being identified as close contacts of patients detected with Covid-19 earlier.

Also among today's patients are four air crew members, of whom all but one arrived on Christmas day, and tested positive at the airport. They include a 39-year-old man who flew in from Qatar, Korea, Australia and Kenya aboard QR8430, a 59-year-old man who came in from France and Saudi Arabia aboard SV986, and a 26-year-old man who came from Ethiopia aboard ET3728.

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The fourth is a 42-year-old woman who came from Australia via CX138 on Dec 24 and tested positive while in quarantine at Penny’s Bay where she was taken after a co-worker was confirmed to have Covid-19 earlier.

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As today’s patient had been abroad for only three days, her residential block, Tower 7, Phase 1, Park Avenue, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Mong Kok, has been put under compulsory testing notice.

The CHP said this was also because while the patient was asymptomatic, her specimen carried the N501Y and T478K mutant strains.

3 of the new cases were taken to Penny's Bay as close contacts of earlier patients

The two others in Penny’s Bay, a 19-year-old female and a 26-year-old male, came on the same flight as the karate athletes who came from Kazakhstan via South Korea on Dec 23.

The three remaining passengers are a 25-year-old woman who came from South Africa on Dec 22, and two who flew in from the United Kingdom, both aboard CX252 but on different dates. One, a 55-year-old woman, arrived on Dec 24 while the other, a 29-year-old man, came on Dec 25.

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The CHP also said it is looking into the case of a 26-year-old man who lives at Crowne Plaza in  Kowloon East, who traveled to Shanghai from Hong Kong on Dec 19 and tested positive there on Dec 24.

The places where the patient resided, worked and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a CTN.


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