HK logs 2 new Covid-19 cases including FDW from PH, arrival from Qatar

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The Centre for Health Protection confirmed two new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday—both imported—taking the number of coronavirus cases in the city since the start of the pandemic to 12,149.

The two imported cases involve a female domestic worker from the Philippines aged 53, and a 49-year-old man from Qatar.

A staffer from the Health Department said the FDW did not carry the mutant strain N501Y—which is linked with the Alpha coronavirus variant—but the test results for other strains is still pending.

She has been under quarantine at a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui since Sept. 1. She earlier received two doses of BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine in Hong Kong last April and May.

Meanwhile, the man from Qatar arrived in the city on Sept. 10. He also received two jabs of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from SinoVac in Hong Kong.

Fewer than five people tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus.