5 imported COVID-19 cases recorded

October 27, 2021

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional imported COVID-19 cases, two of which involve mutant strains, while the viral load of one case is insufficient for a mutation test and the mutation test results of the two remaining cases are pending.


Among the patients, aged 10 to 77, three of them arrived from Pakistan while the rest arrived from the US.


One patient was confirmed infected with COVID-19 during quarantine and the others tested positive upon arrival at the airport.


One of the new cases involves a 54-year-old man who lives at Graceful Mansion, Siena Two in Discovery Bay. He received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on March 10 and April 8 in Hong Kong.


The patient is a cargo flight crew member. His test conducted on October 19 in Hong Kong was negative.


He left Hong Kong on October 21 for the US and returned to Hong Kong on October 25 on flight CX075. His specimen collected upon arrival at the airport tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic.


The places where the patient stayed and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice, the centre noted.


Another five specified premises related to this case are included in today’s compulsory testing notice. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course must also comply.


A school is also covered in the notice due to an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness. People who have been fully vaccinated can be exempted.


The Government will set up a mobile specimen collection station at the open area next to Discovery Bay Fire Station at 1 Discovery Bay Road tomorrow to provide free testing for people subject to compulsory testing.


As Emirates flight EK384 from Dubai and Bangkok arrived on October 25 with three passengers on board confirmed infected with COVID-19, the Department of Health has invoked the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation to prohibit the landing of the airline's flights from Dubai and Bangkok from October 27 to November 9.


A total of 58 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.


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

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