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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021

HK reports no untraceable Covid cases for six days in a row

Hong Kong sees no untraceable Covid cases in the city for six days in a row, with health authorities reporting only three new Covid cases, including one local infection related to other local cases and two imported cases.
There were also fewer than five preliminary positive cases today.

The local patient today is a 40-year-old woman, who is the girlfriend of the elder brother of a Filipino nurse, who contracted the virus from her Indian boyfriend - the city's first case bringing the Covid-19 mutant variant to the community.

The 40-year-old works at Urban Bakery Works at The Landmark in Central, last worked on May 4. She is currently hospitalized for treatment but yet to be tested positive for the mutant virus strain.

As for the two imported cases, one patient is a 43-year-old man who lives on 29 Staunton Street in Central. He had traveled to France last Thursday, after being tested negative for Covid before his departure.

He returned to the city on Sunday and was undergoing quarantine at Regal Airport Hotel in Chek Lap Kok before he had a fever and later tested positive for the mutant L452R coronavirus strain two days ago.

The Centre for Health Protection said although the patient was classified as an imported case from France, as a prudent measure, the building in Staunton Street where the man had resided during part of the incubation period will be put under the Compulsory Testing Notice.

The remaining imported case today is a 35-year-old Indonesian domestic helper who arrived in the city on Sunday and was quarantined at the Ramada Hong Kong Grand hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. She was not tested positive for the mutant virus strain.

Meanwhile, the CHP said following the announcement by the World Health Organization on the classification of the variant strain B.1.617 as the fourth Variant of Concern, the center will, with immediate effect, use L452R as the indicator of the new variant, similar to the practice of using N501Y as the indicator for the other three variants.

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