Five new Covid-19 cases reported

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The Centre for Health Protection confirmed five new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, including two children whose preliminarily positive test results triggered a testing lockdown of a residential block in Taikoo Shing.

The two children, aged 11 and 13, were exempted from designated hotel quarantine as they were relatives of a consular staffer in Hong Kong. They arrived on July 16 and tested preliminarily positive for Covid-19 three days after.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the 13-year-old girl was found with the L452R mutant strain. She had a fever, while her 11-year-old brother had no symptoms.

Tang Kung Mansion, where the children stayed, was placed under lockdown on Monday night. Some 400 residents were tested for Covid-19 but no new infections were found.

Three women from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates were also confirmed with Covid-19.

A Health Department staffer said they detected the L452R mutant strain in the woman from Bangladesh. Test results for mutant strain infection of the other patients are still pending.

Hong Kong has logged 11,970 confirmed Covid-19 infections to date, while fewer than five people tested preliminarily positive for the virus.

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