6-Males confirmed of Covid-19 infection

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The Centre for Health Protection on Argyle Street in Kowloon City.

 

Hong Kong authority announced today, November 15, six coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the total number of cases as of date to 12,388 in Hong Kong.

All reported cases are imported cases who received vaccination in Hong Kong of Comirnaty before they left Hong Kong. They are all male, aged 17 to 68 years. Five of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk) and one from a Group B specified place (medium-risk). Two patients tested positive during quarantine and the remaining four tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at Hong Kong International Airport.

One of them is a 24-year old Filipino male who arrived in Hong Kong last November 10 via CebuPac flight 5J272 on November 13. He received two doses of Covid-19  Corminaty vaccination in Hong Kong on May 5 and May 26.

Two patients out of the six cases were from Pakistan, aged 17 and 23, arrived on the same date (November 13) in Hong Kong via TK083 via Turkey. The younger male received the Comirnaty vaccine on May 23 and June 13, while the older male received the Comirnaty vaccine on May 25 and June 15, both in Hong Kong.

The 68-year-old male travelled to the Netherlands, Germany and arrived in Hong Kong from the United Arab Emirates via flight CX746 on November 13. He received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) in Hong Kong on March 14 and April 10.

A 24-year-old, and 36 old male, both arrived on November 11. The 24-year old arrived in Hong Kong from Germany by flight QR818 via Qatar and received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) in Hong Kong on May 2 and May 24 while the 36-year old arrived at Hong Kong from SouthAfrica by flight QR818 via Qatar and received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) in Hong Kong on May 13 and June 4.

A total of 35 cases have been reported in the past 14 days (November 1 to 14) and all of them are imported cases.

Separately, the CHP continues to follow up on the three imported cases involving local cargo crew who carry the L452R mutant strain. They are cases 12376, 12378 and 12387. Cases 12376 and 12378 arrived in Hong Kong from Germany on November 6 and their samples collected on November 8 tested positive. Case 12387 arrived in Hong Kong from Germany on November 7 and his sample collected on November 12 tested positive.

The CHP discovered from its epidemiological investigations and contact tracing that cases 12376 and 12378 both arrived in Frankfurt in Germany on November 1 and checked into the same hotel (Hyatt Regency Mainz) as arranged by their company (Cathay Pacific Airways Limited). Both of them claimed that they did not leave their rooms during their stay in the hotel and did not participate in any gatherings. Case 12387 arrived in Frankfurt on November 3 and also stayed in that hotel and he claimed that he did not leave his room during his stay in the hotel and did not have contact with cases 12376 and 12378. Epidemiological investigations revealed that the three patients might have acquired the infection during their stay in that hotel and that a cluster outbreak may have occurred. The CHP has immediately informed the health authority of Germany to follow up on the situation.

The CHP has also informed Cathay Pacific of the above preliminary investigation findings at once. As the cases may involve a suspected outbreak in the hotel, for prudence’s sake, the CHP arranged compulsory quarantine in a quarantine centre for all crew members of that airline who had stayed in that hotel in Germany on or after November 1. Other inbound travellers arriving in Hong Kong who had stayed in that hotel on or after November 1 will also be arranged for compulsory quarantine in a quarantine centre. All these persons have to undergo quarantine until the 21st day since the day they left that hotel.

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