Five more Covid-19 cases found in Yuen Long housing estate

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

The Centre for Health Protection confirmed on Friday 17 new Covid-19 cases—six locally acquired and 11 imported —pushing the city’s coronavirus tally to 11,636.

Five of the six local cases were residents of Meadowlands housing estate in Yuen Long where a couple was earlier confirmed to have Covid-19. A Health Department staffer said all five were related to the 29-year-old woman who tested positive yesterday.

Another Covid-19 case was found in Oi Fai House in Tuen Mun, where health authorities reported a string of infections.

Of the 11 imported cases today, five are from Indonesia. All of them are foreign domestic workers, and one carried a highly-contagious variant of the coronavirus with an N501Y mutation.

Three of them entered Hong Kong on Apr. 14 on Scoot Flight TR980 when the tightening of flight restrictions took effect. Flights from a carrier will be banned if three or more passengers on one flight test positive for Covid-19 upon arrival, or any two passengers from any two separate plane trips test positive within a seven-day period.

Another domestic worker from Indonesia entered Hong Kong on Apr. 2 and tested positive while under quarantine in Sai Ying Pun.

The fifth worker from Indonesia tested positive for an N501Y variant of the coronavirus. She arrived in Hong Kong on Mar. 27.

One of the two domestic workers from the Philippines who tested positive under quarantine was also found with a variant.  She is 38 years old.

The third carrier of a SARS-CoV-2 variant confirmed today is a 52-year-old woman from Pakistan.

Two other cases from overseas involved travelers from India, and the 11th Covid-19 imported infection confirmed today is from France.

The Health Department staffer said more than 10 people tested preliminarily positive for Covid-19.