Authorities to look into suspected Covid-19 ‘re-positive’ case

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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/cdc.gov)

The Centre for Health Protection confirmed only one new Covid-19 case on Friday, bringing the city’s coronavirus caseload to 11,957.

The sole case logged is a 40-year-old woman who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on July 14. She was found with the coronavirus containing an L452R mutation, which is commonly linked to the highly contagious Delta variant.

Authorities are also looking into a suspected Covid-19 “re-positive” case involving a sea crew member aged 32.

He arrived in Hong Kong on a flight from India on July 13. He did not show any symptoms of infection but he tested positive for the L452R mutant strain the next day.

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After admission to the hospital on July 15, the man was found to be carrying antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19.

Based on CHP’s investigation, the man was diagnosed with Covid-19 in India last May. He was also found not to have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The vessel Maersk Lima at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals where the man worked will be issued a compulsory testing order due to his infection.

Fewer than five people tested preliminarily positive for the virus.

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