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HK reports 9 new Covid-19 cases, including CX air crew

26 December 2021

By The SUN

The CX air crew staff returned from the US on Dec 25, just 3 days after leaving Hong Kong

The Centre for Health Protection reported nine newly confirmed coronavirus cases today, Dec. 26, including a Cathay male crew member whose positive result triggered a compulsory testing order being issued for people in his residential block in Tung Chung.

Six of today’s cases, including that of the air crew staff, involved mutant strains while the test results of the three remaining patients are still pending. The patients comprise three men and six women aged 19 to 57.

The new infections took the number of cases in Hong Kong to 12,590, including one probable case. No update was given on any new Omicron cases being found.


The air crew who is 46 years old, arrived on Christmas Day from the United States aboard CX845. As he was in Hong Kong during the incubation period, Tower 3 of The Visionary in Tung Chung where he lives has been put under a mandatory testing order.

The CHP said he tested negative for Covid-19 on Dec 19 and 20. He flew to the US on Dec 22 and returned to Hong Kong on Dec 25 via CX845. His specimen collected upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport tested positive.

He was asymptomatic and had a Ct value less of than 30, suggesting a recent infection. He received three doses of BioNTech vaccine in Hong Kong.


Another patient from the US, a woman aged 19, arrived on AC015 via Canada on Dec 24, and tested positive for coronavirus with the N501Y and T478K mutant strains.   

Three other patients carried the mutant strains: a man aged 42 who flew in from Nigeria on ET608 on Dec 22; a woman aged 26 who flew in aboard KL819 from France via The Netherlands on Dec 24; and another woman aged 26 who came aboard EK384 from  Pakistan via United Arab Emirates on Dec 22. 

The lone patient with an L452R mutant strain was a woman aged 43 who arrived aboard TK083 on Dec 24 from Pakistan via Turkey. She tested positive at the airport.

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The Hospital Autohrity said a total of 143 confirmed patients are being treated in two government-run infection control- facilities. One is in serious condition while the rest are stable.

Chan says HK's anti-Omicron measures are of 'highest standard' (file)

Meanwhile, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan said Hong Kong has been implementing anti-epidemic measures at the “highest standard” to keep out Omicron, recently designated by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern.

Writing in her blog today, Chan said Hong Kong has seen a recent spike in Covid-19 cases because of the big number of people coming in from overseas for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

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But she said there is still a need to step up the local vaccination rate, especially among those aged 80 and above, of whom 80% have yet to get the jab. This, she said, makes them vulnerable, as well as other people in Hong Kong.

With Omicron being found in nearly all infected new arrivals from abroad, she said it is particularly important for those in the high-risk groups, such as airport workers and air crew staff to get a booster dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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