Filipina Domestic Worker among eight new imported 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/

Health Authorities confirmed eight new imported cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, one of which is a Filipina Domestic Worker.

The 37-year-old Filipina worker tested positive for Covid-19 while under quarantine at Silka Tsuen Wan.

She was found with N501Y mutant strain of the coronavirus, a Health Staffer said.

The Filipina worker arrived in Hong Kong on Oct. 5 via a Cebu Pacific Air, 5J272 flight. She received her jab in the Philippines from Janssen.

She is currently asymptomatic.

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The other seven cases came from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and Nepal.

In a government announcement, the local case was identified to have a mutant strain from the Delta Variant. The Public Health Laboratory Services Branch will further analyze the genetic sequencing and will compare the genomes to the imported cases involving L452R mutant strain.

In the past 14 days, a total of 77 cases have been reported. The recent tally of confirmed cases in Hong Kong is now at 12,262.