2 fully vaccinated travelers among 3 new Covid-19 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 confirmed three new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, all of them imported and carrying a mutated strain of the coronavirus.

A staffer from the Health Department told Hong Kong News they were found with the L452R mutant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. This mutation is linked to several variants, including the more infectious Delta variant.

Two of the confirmed cases were fully vaccinated against Covid-19. They include a 53-year-old man from Namibia who received two jabs developed by BioNTech and a 42-year-old female from Cyprus who got two doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.

Both of them arrived on July 12 and had completed their vaccination in April.

The third confirmed case, aged 36, had no vaccination history. He arrived from Ghana on July 10 and tested positive while under quarantine in a hotel in Ho Man Tin.

Hong Kong has so far tallied 11,956 Covid-19 cases, with 212 related deaths.

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