Coronavirus variant found in 2 FDWs from Philippines

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The mutated variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, was detected in two domestic workers who recently arrived from the Philippines, a Health Department staffer said.

The workers, aged 45 and 35, were among the 10 new Covid-19 cases health authorities confirmed on Thursday.

The 35-year-old female worker tested positive on her 12th day sample while under quarantine in Sai Ying Pun, while the 45-year-old worker was confirmed upon arrival on March 16.

Both workers, together with an arrival from Pakistan and a domestic worker from Indonesia, comprise the four imported coronavirus cases.

Three of the six locally transmitted coronavirus infections had no traceable source—including a 15-year-old student, a marketing manager, and an engineer.

Thursday’s tally pushed Hong Kong’s Covid-19 caseload to 11,351.