Housewife in Tsim Sha Tsui tests preliminarily positive for mutant strain

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Residents in about 40 flats of a building in Tsim Sha Tsui will be sent to quarantine centres after a 28-year-old housewife who lives there tested preliminarily positive for a mutated strain of the coronavirus.

On Monday, the Centre for Health Protection said all asymptomatic residents of Beauty Mansion along Kimberley Road will be quarantined for 21 days.

The housewife recently returned to Hong Kong. She arrived on Apr. 4 via Vistara flight UK6395 from Delhi, India.

The woman then stayed at the Regal Oriental Hotel from Apr. 4 to 25. She sought medical advice at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Apr. 26, where she tested negative for the coronavirus.

On Apr. 30, the woman went to a community testing centre to undergo Covid-19 screening on the 26th day following her arrival. But her test results that day were inconclusive.

Because of the result, she was admitted to a hospital on May 2 where she eventually tested preliminary positive.

The announcement comes as Hong Kong confirmed two new Covid-19 infections on Monday, both imported. The two cases arrived from Indonesia and Russia respectively.

The CHP added that visitors of Citygate in Tung Chung last Apr. 11 will have to get tested for Covid-19.  Contact tracing authorities discovered that three of the local N501Y mutant strain carriers went there on the same day.

Two of these cases with the mutated strain also went to Curry Lounge in SeaView Crescent on that day, so the restaurant will also be issued with a compulsory testing order.