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2 lockdowns ordered as HK's new Covid-19 cases dip to 5

15 January 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The 2 preliminary positive cases are suspected to carry the Omicron variant

Health officials ordered a lockdown tonight, Jan 15, on two residential buildings in Tsing Yi and Sham Shui Po where two females who tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 with the Omicron strains live.

The sources of their infection is still unknown.

They were among about 10 preliminary positive cases reported by the Centre for Health Protection earlier today. A total of five confirmed cases were also recorded, three of them imported and two with links to imported cases.


The Tsing Yi resident is a 41-year-old cleaner of cargo aircraft at the Hong Kong International Airport. She lives in Wang Sin House, Cheung Wang Estate, 9 Liu To Road, Tsing Yi.

She tested negative during routine testing on Jan 8 and 11 and last went to work on Jan 14, when she tested positive for Covid-19 with a Ct value of about 20, indicating a heavy viral load. She is fully vaccinated with Sinovac.

The second is a 43-year-old woman who lives in Tung Moon House, Tai Hang Tung Estate, 83 Tai Hang Tung Road, Sham Shui Po.

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She arrived in Hong Kong on Dec 20, 2021 from Pakistan by flight EK384 and she tested negative at the airport. She spent her 21-day compulsory quarantine at Silka Seaview Hotel Hong Kong in Yau Ma Tei, during which all the results of her six tests were negative.

She moved to her house on Jan 10 and on Jan 14, she underwent another test at a community testing centre in line with regulations. The result was preliminary positive, with a heavy viral load. She had two doses of the Sinovac vaccine in Pakistan.

The CHP is now investigating the places they visited during the incubation periods and will conduct genome sequencing and compare them with previously detected cases in Hong Kong to find their infection sources.

Earlier, CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said the two local cases reported today were linked to previous infections that were import-related.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The first is a 74-year-old man who lives in Block B of Maple Gardens Phase 3 in North Point and is a family member of a man who works in Citic securities and had links with the so-called dance cluster in Causeway Bay.

He is the fourth person to contract the virus in the residential building, where experts say a vertical transmission had occurred between two separate flats.

The other confirmed local case is the 51-year-old female security guard at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre who was tagged as a close contact of a colleague with whom she shared meals.

The first patient was found to have caught the virus from a brief encounter through a screened partition with an infected person who had stayed at the quarantine.

A Filipina domestic worker is among 3 imported cases

Among the three imported cases is a 36-year-old female domestic helper who flew in from the Philippines on Jan 5 aboard flight OZ721. She tested positive on her 8th day of quarantine at the Regala Skylight in Tung Chung.

The others are both 21-year-old females who both tested positive on arrival at the airport on Jan 13. The first came by flight KE607 from United Arab Emirates via Korea and the second aboard flight SQ007 from the United States.


They took Hong Kong’s total tally to 13,030 confirmed cases of which 410 are still undergoing treatment in various public hospitals.

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