Evacuation in Tsim Sha Tsui after mutant strain detected

Local | 3 May 2021 10:05 pm

Beauty Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui has been cordoned off tonight and residents will be evacuated for a 21-day quarantine, after a preliminary test result involving mutant strain was detected there. 

Medics and police officers arrived at Beauty Mansion at Kimberley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui at around 8.30pm. The building has been cordoned off and residents cannot leave the building. 

The Centre announced tonight that it is following up on a positive imported case of Covid-19 with preliminary test result involving N501Y mutant strain and decided to arrange compulsory quarantine for all residents of the building. 

The case involved a 28-year-old housewife. She arrived in Hong Kong on April 4 from Delhi, India on flight UK6395, operated by TATA SIA Airlines (Vistara). 

She underwent quarantine at Regal Oriental Hotel from April 4 to 25, and returned to her residence at Beauty Mansion after her quarantine. 

She sought medical advice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on April 26, and her sample collected at the Accident and Emergency Department tested negative. She then underwent the 26th day testing upon arrival at a community testing centre on April 30 and the result was indeterminate. 

She was then sent to hospital on May 2 and tested preliminarily positive. She was also test positive for Covid-19 antibodies. 

The Centre for Health Protection said that it will transfer all residents to quarantine centres for a 21-day quarantine. Residents with symptoms will be sent to hospital for treatment, they added.

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