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Untraceable case with Delta variant among 11 new Covid-19 cases

17 January 2022

By The SUN

 

Chuang says they're 'very very worried' about the new Delta case

A residential building in Aberdeen has been locked down overnight, after health officials reported its first local case with the Delta variant in their daily press briefing today, Jan 16.

The case involving a 23-year-old woman who works at the Little Boss pet shop in Causeway Bay, was one of the preliminary positive cases of Covid-19 reported on Sunday.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said during the briefing that the case is causing concern that an unknown transmission of Delta is going on in the community at the same time as the more infectious Omicron variant.

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“There may be a Delta strain circulating, so it’s not only restricted to the Omicron cases we detected recently. So of course we are very, very worried if there are other cases of infections that have not been detected,” Chuang said.

“As for the source of her infection, we’re still investigating.”

Initial investigations showed the patient developed a cough on Jan 4 but did not seek medical help. The night before she went to have a hotpot dinner with a friend.

On Jan 5 she again had dinner with a friend, and on Jan 10 stayed overnight in a hotel in Wanchai before having another meal with friends. She had herself tested only when she started coughing and had a sore throat.

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Chuang again reminded the public to immediately seek medical help if they develop symptoms to stop the spread of the virus.

The CHP reported 11 new confirmed cases today, eight of them imported.

One locally detected case, that of a 74-year-old man living in City Garden, North Point, is linked to the dance cluster that started with a Cathay flight stewardess who infected family members after arriving from the United States.

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Two were classified as possibly import-related case. One involves a female aircraft cabin cleaner and the other, a Pakistani housewife who is believed to have been infected during her 21-day quarantine at Silka Seaview Hotel in Yau Ma Tei.

Chuang said genomic sequencing tests carried out at PolyTechnic University showed the case of the aircraft cleaner tallied with those from recent arrivals from Finland, United States and other places.

The case of the Pakistani housewife, on the other hand, is linked to those of five other guests who stayed in four different rooms on two separate floors at Silka Seaview.

Yuen says the virus must have spread in Silka when the guests opened their doors
Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung who was among those who inspected the hotel this afternoon said the virus may have spread through the corridors when the guests opened their doors.

Including today’s new confirmed cases, Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally has gone up to 13,041.

CHP announced in a separate statement that starting tomorrow, it will conduct a special arrangement under which those who have finished the 14 days of quarantine at quarantine centre (except inbound travelers covered by Cap. 599E) will be tested for the virus. If they test negative, they will be allowed to leave the quarantine centre in a gradual and orderly manner.

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This means, those presently undergoing 21 days of quarantine will have their stay shortened for one to seven days. Afterwards, they will have to undergo self-monitoring at home for the remaining days of their original quarantine period.

“Though they will not be prohibited from going out during self-monitoring, they should monitor their health conditions, maintain social distance with other people and avoid social gatherings,” said the statement.

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“They are also subject to testing at a community testing centre on Day 19, counting from the last day of exposure to the case tested positive.”

 CHP also announced that passenger flight UO705 operated by Hong Kong Express Airways from Bangkok, Thailand, will be suspended for two weeks, or until Jan 29, after one of its passengers on Jan 14 tested positive on arrival and another failed to comply with boarding requirements.

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