Untraceable mutant case snaps Hong Kong’s 16-day streak

Hong Kong | 24 Jun 2021 4:50 pm

Hong Kong’s 16-day streak without an untraceable Covid-19 case was snapped on Thursday, as health officials confirmed the infection of a 27-year-old male airport staff.

The Centre for Health Protection said the 27-year-old, who lives in Wan Hang House of Wan Tau Tong Estate in Tai Po, started feeling unwell on June 20 and was diagnosed yesterday, found to be carrying the Delta variant of Covid-19.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP’s communicable disease branch, said he has no recent travel history and worked as an airline ground crew staff member at Hong Kong International Airport, where he had received cargo flight crews.

He last went to work on June 16. He also worked part-time to provide customer service at Uptown Plaza in Tai Po, where he last went to work on June 22.

Chuang said the patient’s family members were all tested negative for the virus, with 180 close contacts of the patient already put under quarantine.

Apart from the local patient, Hong Kong has seen six other imported cases, with all six of them also found to be carrying the mutant L452R Covid strain.

Among the imported cases, four were students returning from the UK and two were returnees from Indonesia.

Meanwhile, CHP controller Dr Ronald Lam Man-kin said in view of the higher contagious mutant coronavirus, members of the public should get the jab as soon as possible.

Lam also said the lockdown at Wan Hang House has so far detected no other Covid infections.

“Residents will receive further testing on the third, seventh, twelve, and nineteenth day after the detection of the confirmed case, ensure no patient will slip past health authorities radar,” he said.

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