2 imported COVID-19 cases detected

June 15, 2021

The Centre for Health Protection said today it is investigating two additional COVID-19 cases involving two women who arrived from Indonesia.


A total of 37 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, including three local ones, of which one has an unknown infection source.


Regarding the previous local cases with the N501Y mutant strain involving a 17-year-old girl and her mother and sister, the centre said it conducted an inspection with experts and representatives of relevant departments on June 14 at the patients' residence, a pet shop and a unit at Tak Wing Industrial Building where the 17-year-old patient had stayed.


More than 60 environmental samples, including three from the freezer at the patients' home, were collected.


Testing by the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch indicated that an environmental sample from the surface of a packet of prepackaged frozen food tested positive for COVID-19. 


Epidemiological investigations and contact tracing of the cases are ongoing, the centre added.


It also reminded specified people linked to Shing Yu House, Block P, Tin Shing Court in Tin Shui Wai to undergo testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice on June 16. A mobile specimen collection station will be set up there to provide free testing services.


According to the latest compulsory testing notice, people who had been at three specified premises during a specified period are required to undergo additional testing by June 17.


Six schools and the specified level of two schools are also covered in the compulsory testing notice due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness.


Meanwhile, the centre was notified on June 14 by Guangdong health authorities of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the Mainland involving a 38-year-old woman in Huizhou.


The patient was a local confirmed case announced in Hong Kong on February 17 and she was discharged from hospital on February 21 upon recovery.


She returned to the Mainland via the Shenzhen Bay Port on May 31 and tested positive for the virus during quarantine.


For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.

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