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HK reports 8th Omicron case and 5 new Covid-19 infections

14 December 2021

By The SUN 

The 8th Omicron patient had been to various African countries

The Centre for Health Protection has reported its 8th imported case of the Omicron variant, involving a 50-year-old man who visited various African countries and was confirmed positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

According to a statement released today, Dec 14, by the CHP, a genome sequencing conducted by the Department of Health’s public laboratory found the patient positive for the new variant of concern.

The man arrived in Hong Kong on Dec 10 after visiting Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya and flying in on QR818 from Qatar. He developed symptoms on Dec 12 during his seven-day compulsory quarantine at Penny’s Bay and was found positive on the same day.


The Ct value for the test after his admission to hospital on Dec 12 was less than 20, which indicated a recent infection, and he tested positive for antibodies.

This was the eight case of Omicron being found among recent arrivals from overseas in Hong Kong. The first two cases were related to South Africa, two from Nigeria, two from United Kingdom and one from the United States.

The Filipina tested negative throughout her quarantine at Penny's Bay

Meanwhile, a Filipina domestic helper who had long ended her 21-day compulsory quarantine and is suspected of being a re-positive case was among five new confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported in Hong Kong today.


The 34-year-old helper arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines by flight 5J272 on Nov 17. She tested negative on her arrival test, and in all the six tests conducted during stay at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre.

On Dec 8 she moved to Winland 800 Hotel in Tsing Yi after completing her quarantine. She underwent compulsory testing at a community testing centre on Dec 12 and the result was preliminary positive but with a low viral load (the Ct value was more than 30). She carried the N501Y mutant strain.

Preliminary testing results showed she likely carried the Alpha variant strain first found in the UK. But the DH is continuing its genome sequencing of her case to exclude the possibility of her carrying the Omicron variant.


When admitted to hospital, the patient tested negative for Covid-19 while her antibody test was positive. The CHP said that all findings so far indicate that this is a re-positive case.

But as a precaution, the places where she resided and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice. Everyone who had been to those places at specified dates need to undergo compulsory testing on or before Dec. 15.

All the four other patients reported today tested positive on their arrival test.


They include another female patient, aged 21, who was also found to carry the N501Y mutant strain. She flew in from the United States on flight CX845 on Dec 12.

Two other patients both flew in aboard TK083 from Turkey on the same date, after arriving there from Pakistan. The 46-year-old woman and 55-year-old man both carried the L452R mutant strain.

The fifth patient is a 46-year-old man who came from Italy aboard CP156. He also carried the L452R strain but was asymptomatic.

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The new patients took Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally to 12,496, including one probable case.

A total of 60 cases have been reported in the past 14 days (Nov 30 to Dec 13) and all of them are imported cases.

Asked about the first case of Omicron being found on the Mainland, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said during a question and answer session with reporters earlier today that she does not see it affecting Hong Kong’s preparations for resuming normal travel across the border.

But Mrs Lam said that she could not provide absolute guarantee that everything would proceed as normal since the whole situation could change very rapidly.

She however, assured, that Hong Kong’s stringent boarding and quarantine measures for travelers from overseas would likely stop Omicron entering the community.

She noted that the new variant is causing concern globally since the daily total number of cases has again surged to over 700,000, with Europe being the most severely affected.


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