Airport porter’s Delta variant infection linked to imported cases from Russia

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Hong Kong International Airport (SCREENSHOT: Google/maps.google.com/Maxar Technologies/CNES/Airbus)

Health officials said Tuesday that they found a link between an airport porter’s infection with the coronavirus’ Delta variant and imported Covid-19 cases from Russia.

The Centre For Health Protection also said the case was not linked to the Delta variant infection of an airline ground crew staffer at the airport three weeks ago.

In a statement, the CHP said genetic analysis revealed that the porter’s infection was related to the genetic material and four imported cases.

The four cases involved are an aircrew member of cargo flight RL9933 who arrived from Moscow on July 6 and the porter had served, another cargo flight crew member on a June 19 flight, and a couple from Russia arriving in Hong Kong on June 29.

The porter reportedly had no direct contact from the aircrew member but had stayed and worked in the cabin of the said flight for several hours.

He might have acquired the infection from an undiagnosed cabin crew member in the same flight, the Centre explained.

Meanwhile, the Centre also confirmed one new additional case of Covid-19 in the city. This involves a 27-year-old woman who arrived from Cambodia on July 9 and was found positive for a mutant strain with an N501Y mutation.

A Health Department staffer said fewer than five people tested preliminarily positive for the virus.

Hong Kong has so far logged 11,953 Covid-19 cases to date, with 212 related deaths.

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