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HK traces porter’s virus infection to cases from Russia

In this picture taken on April 4, 2020, a man wearing a face mask, amid concerns of coronavirus infection, walks through the arrivals hall at Hong Kong International Airport. (DALE DE LA REY / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported one imported COVID-19 case on Tuesday, pushing the city’s tally to 11,952, as health authorities said a case involving an airport porter was linked to four imported cases from Russia.

The case involved a 27-year-old woman who flew in from Cambodia and underwent hotel quarantine at JEN Hong Kong by Shangri-La in Shek Tong Tsui on Hong Kong Island, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection.

The Centre for Health Protection traced the airport porter, carrying the Delta variant, to four imported cases from Russia after conducting genetic sequencing

The CHP said it has managed to trace the infection involving the 50-year-old airport porter to four imported cases from Russia after conducting genetic sequencing.

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The porter, carrying the Delta variant, was found to have worked on cargo flight RL9933 on July 6. One of the crew members on the flight, a 45-year-old man, was later confirmed as infected.

“(The porter) has stayed and worked in the cabin for several hours of this flight where some turn-around aircrew members had stayed all along. (He) might have contracted the virus from some undiagnosed cabin crew,” the CHP said in a statement.

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As of Tuesday, more than 2.6 million Hong Kong residents have received at least the first vaccine shot against COVID-19, accounting for 38.6 percent of the eligible population who are aged 12 or above. Nearly 1.83 million people have been fully vaccinated.

In another development, a 46-year-old man was sentenced to two-week imprisonment by the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday for violating mandatory quarantine rules in late February. He left his home on Feb 20 before finishing a 14-day period of quarantine.

He was the 154th patient in the city to be convicted of violation of quarantine orders.