Tuen Mun block under lockdown after resident found with mutant strain

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A residential block in Tuen Mun was placed under lockdown on Thursday night after a resident who recently returned from Dubai was found with a coronavirus mutant strain. (MAP: Information Services Department/info.gov.hk)

Health authorities have placed a residential block in Tuen Mun under lockdown on Thursday night after a resident tested preliminarily positive for a mutant strain of the coronavirus.

Occupants of units in Block 6 of Handsome Court will have to undergo compulsory testing overnight.

The 36-year-old resident found with the L452R mutant strain—often linked to the highly contagious Delta variant—is a fully vaccinated returnee from Dubai. She returned to Hong Kong seven days after she left Hong Kong on July 12.

While she tested negative for Covid-19 at the airport, her third-day sample tested preliminarily positive.

The Centre for Health Protection classified her infection as an imported case, but her residential block was placed under lockdown since she stayed there within the past 21 days.

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People who also worked and visited Eton Tower in Causeway Bay—where she worked—will have to undergo testing.

She received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by BioNTech and has developed antibodies before she left Hong Kong for Dubai.

Only one imported Covid-19 case was reported on Thursday: a fully vaccinated woman who arrived from the United States. The 49-year-old woman was found with the L452R mutant strain but did not show any symptoms.

A staffer at the Health Department said the woman received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by BioNTech.

Her infection brings the city’s coronavirus caseload to 11,971. Fewer than five preliminarily positive cases were recorded.