Lockdown in Tsuen Wan block after mutant strain detected

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The government locked down Block R of Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan at 7.30 pm, after a positive case involving a mutant strain was detected. 

The government aimed at finishing the exercise at around 7am tomorrow. 

It said that a confirmed case was recorded in Block R, Allway Gardens today, carrying the N501Y mutant strain. 

Earlier a domestic helper, aged 44, arrived in Hong Kong on March 31 from the Philippines on flight PR300. She then underwent quarantine in a hotel in Wan Chai. She has been to the immigration department with a staff from the agency and visited a clinic at Cameron Commercial Centre in Causeway Bay on April 21. 

She then returned to her employer’s residence in Block R, Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan on April 22. 

Residents are required to undergo compulsory testing before 12am tomorrow. They will also be sent to a quarantine centre for a 21-day quarantine, as arranged by the government earlier. 

Residents who have undergone tests from May 2 to 4 with negative test results shown on SMS notification or related certification could be exempted. 

People that have been to Block R for more than two hours from April 21 to May 4 must undergo tests as well, on or before May 6. 

The government added that there are any HKDSE candidates who need to sit the exam the following day, they should undergo the test as soon as possible and identify themselves with relevant proof. They would then be given priority testing.