Tsuen Wan building evacuated after domestic helper diagnosed with mutant virus strain

Hong Kong | 4 May 2021 5:17 pm

The Centre for Health Protection reported that residents living in Block R of Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan will be evacuated and quarantined, after a 44-year-old domestic helper there was tested positive for the mutant coronavirus strain.

The helper carrying the N501Y mutant strain arrived in Hong Kong on March 31, and have been tested negative for the virus on April 25 - the 12th day of her hotel quarantine.

She later took another test on May 2 due to the compulsory testing order issued to the city’s domestic helpers, and was tested positive for the virus.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's Communicable Disease Branch, said due to the helper having a travel history, but had also stayed in Hong Kong for a certain period of time, they are still unable to classify the case as being local or imported.

Apart from the 44-year-old, Hong Kong has recorded another three imported cases.

The first imported case is a pregnant 28-year-old Indian housewife who lives in Beauty Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui. She visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on April 25 due to her pregnancy and was found to have contracted the mutant N501Y virus strain.

Chuang said the woman may have caught the virus while in India, therefore she was classified as an imported case.

The other two imported cases were returnees from Indonesia.

The Centre for Health Protection also reported fewer than 10 preliminary positive cases in Hong Kong today, including two domestic helpers. The employer of the helper who lives in Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung was also tested preliminary positive for the virus.

The employer was said to be a teacher at Ling Liang Church Sau Tak Primary School in Tung Chung and lasted worked on April 28. The school has been ordered to close.

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