CHP investigates six additional confirmed variant cases of COVID-19 today


2nd December 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 COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 12,446 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,445 confirmed cases and one probable case).

The newly reported cases are imported cases which involved mutant strains. The patients comprise five males and one female, aged 22 to 60. Five of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk) and one from Group B specified places (medium-risk). Case No. 12447 is a close contact of imported cases confirmed previously (Cases No. 12411, 12412, 12413, 12437, 12438, 12439 and 12443) and he tested positive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre. Of the remaining patients, three tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at Hong Kong International Airport and the other two tested positive during quarantine.

 Among the above-mentioned cases, Case No. 12448 involves a 38-year-old male patient, who lives at Tower 2, Florient Rise, 38 Cherry Street, Tai Kok Tsui. He departed Hong Kong on 9th November for Doha, Qatar, after he tested negative for COVID-19 on 8th November. He arrived in Hong Kong on 30th November from Doha, Qatar, by flight QR818 and his specimen collected upon arrival in the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is asymptomatic and with Ct value over 30 and his specimen carried the L452R mutant strain (but was negative for the N501Y and E484K strains). He received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) on 20th June and 12th September in Hong Kong. Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing of the case is continuing. As a prudent measure, the places where he resided and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice. Specified persons who were present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing on the specified date.

A total of 48 cases have been reported in the past 14 days and all of them are imported cases.

Specified persons in relation to the following specified premises are also reminded to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow:

  • Jovial Court, Peninsula Village, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island