Airport porter tests preliminarily positive for Covid-19

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Hong Kong International Airport (SCREENSHOT: Google/ Technologies/CNES/Airbus)

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said Saturday it is looking into the case of an airport porter who tested preliminarily positive for Covid-19 and was found with a mutant strain of the virus.

The patient, aged 50, lives in 1-3 Kam Fung St. in Wong Tai Sin. He had undergone Covid-19 testing prompted by the Delta variant infection of an airline ground crew member at the airport in June.

His specimen tested preliminarily positive for an infection on July 9 and was found with the L452R mutant strain—commonly associated with the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Authorities also said he had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by BioNTech on July 1.

The porter last went to work on July 10 and did not have contact with the previously infected person at the airport.

Since the case involves a mutant strain, the CHP said the building he resides in will be placed under a testing lockdown to net any possible infections.

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