Hongkonger’s variant infection not similar to Shenzhen, earlier imported cases: officials

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

Health officials on Sunday said genetic analysis showed that the coronavirus variant infection of a 17-year-old Hong Kong girl and her mother were unlikely contracted from either Shenzhen or earlier imported cases in the city.

In response to media queries, the Centre for Health Protection said the genetic material of previously confirmed cases with the Alpha variant in Hong Kong was not similar to the teenage girl’s virus strain.

The CHP added the girl did not carry a similar strain to the recent Covid-19 cases in Shenzhen.

The girl’s mother was among the seven confirmed cases on Sunday.

The six other cases were imported, including a 23-year-old seafarer from the Philippines who arrived on June 4. He tested positive for a variant with a mutation in the N501Y gene.

Another seafarer who arrived from India and a returnee from the United Arab Emirates were found infected with a variant containing the L452R mutation.

Two foreign domestic workers from Indonesia also tested positive for Covid-19. They arrived on June 4 via Cathay Pacific flight CX2780.

The remaining imported case confirmed today is a 24-year-old female from France who tested positive while under quarantine.

Meanwhile, the elder sister of the Alpha coronavirus variant carrier tested preliminarily positive for Covid-19. She developed a cough, a runny nose, and diarrhoea on June 4 and was admitted to the hospital on June 5.

Like her sister and mother, the 20-year-old woman did not get vaccinated against Covid-19.

She is a student who attended online classes at home, but she visited several places in Tsuen Wan on May 29 and had gone to establishments in Tsim Sha Tsui and Sham Shui Po on May 23. All of those places will be issued compulsory testing notices.

Following the surge of Covid-19 cases in Shenzhen, the government on Sunday night said it suspended quarantine-free arrangements for Hongkongers returning from some high-risk places in Guangdong.