Indian man carrying mutant Covid-19 strain appears in court

Monday, May 10, 2021

The 29-year-old Indian man carrying the N501Y variant of Covid-19 appeared in Kowloon City’s Magistrates’ Court today, after he and his Filipino girlfriend were arrested for concealing their whereabouts. 

Yet his girlfriend Guadiz Victoria Marie Alcaide, a 31-year-old nurse, didn’t appear in court and is now in hospital after she developed a fever. 

Syed Mohamed Rizvi, an Indian engineer, and Alcaide were charged of giving false or misleading information and failing to comply the requirement to give information respectively, in violation of the Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation. 

The two were arrested last Saturday [May 8]. Rizvi was suspected of giving false or misleading information to authorized officers on April 16, claiming that they only went to Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan, and didn’t participate in any gathering between April 10 and 11. 

Alcaide, on the other hand, was suspected failing to comply the requirement to give information relevant to identification and tracing of any person who may have been exposed to the risk of contracting Covid-19 to authorised officers on April 17. 

Rizvi underwent a 21-day quarantine in Ramada Hong Kong Grand between March 19 and April 8, and then moved to Alcaide's home at Parkes Building in Jordan. After he tested positive, he claimed that he had only been to Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan and Cheung Chau. 

Alcaide later tested positive, and she only reported she is a nurse from a clinic at The Centrium in Central. She didn’t mention other places she had been to. 

A domestic helper from Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung tested positive as well, triggering the Centre for Health Protection to conduct epidemiological investigations. 

Investigations revealed that the two had been to other places in Tung Chung, including Citygate Outlets, Novotel Citygate Hong Kong, Curry Lounge at Seaview Crescent, as well as a restaurant -- Zak’s in Discovery Bay. 

The center also found out the two went to a gathering held by Alcaide’s mother in Fung Hing House of Hing Wah (II) Estate in Chai Wan on April 13. Three participants of the Chai Wan gathering then attended another one in Sham Shui Po, spreading the disease to three helpers from Caribbean Coast, Block N2 of Kornhill in Quarry Bay and Royalton in Pok Fu Lam.