Hong Kong confirms 3 new Covid-19 mutant strain 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/cdc.gov)

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on Sunday reported three recently imported Covid-19 cases infected with a mutant strain of the coronavirus.

The cases involved returnees from Israel, Qatar, and Japan. All of them entered Hong Kong on Sept. 10.

A statement from the CHP said the Covid-19 case from Qatar, a 36-year-old woman, lives in Tung Shun Hing Building in To Kwa Wan. She worked on the 28th floor of Lee & Man Commercial Centre in North Point.

She had travelled to Nigeria on August 22 and tested negative in Hong Kong on Aug. 21. She had also completed vaccination against Covid-19 two months prior.

The woman returned to the city on Sept. 10 via Qatar Airways QR818 and her specimen at the airport tested positive for Covid-19.

Her building and her workspace were issued with compulsory testing orders.


Sunday’s Covid-19 tally brought the number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong to 12,146.