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HK logs 2 new virus cases, one linked to variant cluster

Pedestrians walk across a road in front of commuter trams in Hong Kong on May 11, 2021. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including a locally transmitted case, ending a four-day streak of no local infections.

The local case involved  a 42-year-old man, a close contact of the 31-year-old woman who was earlier confirmed as city’s second patient infected with the N501Y mutated strain, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection.

The local case involved  a 42-year-old man, a close contact of the 31-year-old woman who was earlier confirmed as city’s second patient infected with the N501Y mutated strain

The man’s girlfriend tested positive for the antibody at the quarantine center, indicating that she had once been infected, according to the CHP.

The patient, believed to be the 31-year-old woman’s brother, attended family gatherings with her on April 13 and 18 at Fung Hing House of Hing Wah (II) Estate in Chai Wan and 37 Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po, respectively. 

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The cluster now has 10 people infected with the coronavirus variant, eight of whom attended these two parties.

The other new patient on Wednesday was a 42-year-old woman who flew in from the Philippines and had no symptoms.

The city’s total of confirmed cases rose to 11,814, with 210 related deaths.

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A total of 67 confirmed patients were being treated as of Wednesday in 14 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, including two patients in critical condition and one in serious condition, according to the Hospital Authority.