HK logs 7 new Covid-19 cases

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Electron microscopic image of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention/Public Health Image Library/

The Centre for Health Protection confirmed seven new Covid-19 cases—six imported and one local—on Monday, bringing the city’s coronavirus case tally to 11,866.

Among the confirmed infections is the elder sister of the 17-year-old Hongkonger who contracted the Alpha variant of the coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom.

A coronavirus strain with a mutation in the N501Y gene was detected in the 20-year-old sister. This mutation is found in several SARS-CoV-2 variants, including the Alpha variant.

Of the six imported cases, three are foreign domestic workers from Indonesia. Two of them boarded a Cathay Pacific flight to the city on June 6 and tested positive upon arrival, while the other entered Hong Kong through a Garuda Indonesia flight on May 30.

Another arrival from Indonesia was found with a variant containing an L452R mutation, which is found in several variants including those from India.

The other imported Covid-19 cases were from France, the United Arab Emirates, and Spain.