6 new imported COVID-19 cases reported in HK today including 27-year-old female Morgan Stanley staff, Emirates flight from Dubai and Bangkok banned for 2 weeks

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23rd November 2021 – (Hong Kong)  The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 0.00am today, the CHP was investigating six additional confirmed cases, taking the number of cases to 12,411 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,410 confirmed cases and one probable case).

 The newly reported cases are imported cases. 4 of them arrived from Pakistan, 1 arrived from U.K. and 1 arrived from U.S. Apart from the 6-year-old boy from Pakistan, 4 were vaccinated with 2 doses while 1 arriving from Pakistan was vaccinated with single dose of Convidecia vaccine.

Five of the cases involved mutant strains while the viral load of the remaining case is insufficient for mutation tests. The patients comprise three males and three females, aged 6 to 74. All of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk). Four patients tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and the remaining two tested positive during quarantine.

  Among the above-mentioned cases, Case No 12414 involves a 27-year-old female patient, who lives at Winning House, 72-76 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan. She works at Morgan Stanley Bank Asia Limited on the 37th floor of Tsim Sha Tsui International Commerce Centre, and the last date for work was on 3rd November. She departed Hong Kong on 7th November for the United Kingdom (UK) after she tested negative for COVID-19 on 6th November. She arrived in Hong Kong on 21st November from the UK by flight VS206 and her specimen collected upon arrival in the TSCC at HKIA tested positive for COVID-19. The patient was asymptomatic. Her Ct value is less than 30 and her specimen carried the L452R mutant strain (but was negative for the N501Y and E484K strains).

As a prudent measure, the places where she resided, worked and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period had been included in a compulsory testing notice. Specified persons who had been present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on the specified date.

 A total of 36 cases have been reported in the past 14 days and all of them are imported cases.

Also, as a passenger flight (EK384) operated by Emirates from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and Bangkok, Thailand, and arriving in Hong Kong on 21st November had three passengers confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival testing, the DH thus invoked the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to prohibit the landing of passenger flights from Dubai and Bangkok operated by Emirates in Hong Kong from 23rd November to 6th December.

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