Children wearing face masks play by the Mcdull statue at Avenue of Star, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Feb 23, 2021. (LI GANG/CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported nine new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the overall tally to 12,185, as a building in Repulse Bay was put under mandatory testing after a teenager who lived there tested positive for the virus.
All the new cases were imported, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.
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The new cases involved two women and six men aged 18 to 57 as well as a nine-month-old infant. They have traveled from the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Nepal and Serbia.
Apart from the infant from Serbia, all patients have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Center for Health Protection said
Apart from the infant from Serbia, all patients have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the CHP said.
In the past 14 days, a total of 38 COVID-19 cases have been reported, all of them imported.
The CHP said it is also investigating an overseas case of COVID-19 involving a 14-year-old teenage girl.
She tested negative in Hong Kong on Sept 5 before traveling to the United Kingdom on flight CX251 three days later.
The CHP said it was notified by the UK health authorities on Sept 20 that her specimen collected in the UK on Sept 10 tested positive. She remained asymptomatic.
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She received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on July 29 and Aug 21 in Hong Kong, the CHP said, adding that it is following up on the case with the UK health authorities.
The CHP said Block 1 of Grand Garden in Repulse Bay – the building where she resided in Hong Kong – was included in a compulsory testing notice on Friday as a prudent measure.
“Specified persons who were present at the relevant venue at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on or before the specified date,” the CHP said.
According to the Hospital Authority, a total of 37 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in seven public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre. All of them are in stable condition.