HK logs 7 new Covid-19 cases
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.