A Star Ferry worker is seen through a ferry window in Hong Kong on August 23, 2021. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported eight new imported COVID-19 cases, including two variant strain infections, on Sunday, bringing the city’s tally to 12,121.
The Centre for Health Protection said in a statement that the cases involved a man and two women who arrived from the Philippines, a 60-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman who had traveled to Kyrgyzstan, two men from the UK, and a man from the US.
The man and woman who traveled to Kyrgyzstan both had the L452R variant. The man lived at Valiant Park, 52 Conduit Road, Mid-levels while the woman resided at Block 6, Peak One, 63 Mei Tin Road, Tai Wai
The man and woman who traveled to Kyrgyzstan both had the L452R variant. The male patient lived at Valiant Park, 52 Conduit Road, Mid-levels while the woman resided at Block 6, Peak One, 63 Mei Tin Road, Tai Wai.
They travelled to Kyrgyzstan on Aug 20 and had tested negative in Hong Kong on the day of departure.
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The CHP said they returned to the SAR on Sept 3 on flight CX654 and the samples taken from them at the airport tested positive for the L452R strain.
Both of them did not show any symptoms and they had also taken two shots of the Comirnaty vaccine on April 19 and May 10 in Hong Kong.
The male patient mainly worked from home during the incubation period while the female patient had worked at Flat 1, 2/F, Casey Building, 38 Lok Ku Road, Sheung Wan, the CHP said.
Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing are continuing while the buildings where they resided or worked in and the places they visited during the incubation period were included in a compulsory testing notice, the CHP added.
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It also said that a total of 66 infections were reported from Aug 22 to Sept 4, all of which were imported cases.