1st 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 three additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 12,440 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,439 confirmed cases and one probable case).
The newly reported cases are imported cases. The three involved a 5-year-old girl who arrived from Pakistan, a 61-year-old woman arriving from Spain and a 31-year-old woman arriving from the Philippines. One of the cases involved a mutant strain while the mutation test results of the remaining two cases are pending. The patients comprise three females, aged 5 to 61. All of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk). Case No. 12443 is a close contact of imported cases confirmed previously (Cases No. 12411, 12412, 12413, 12437, 12438 and 12439) and she tested positive at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre. For the remaining patients, one of them tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at Hong Kong International Airport and the other one tested positive during quarantine.
A total of 48 cases have been reported in the past 14 days and all of them are imported cases.
Also, the CHP provided an update on the latest investigations on imported Case No 12433 involving a 38-year-old male patient who arrived in Hong Kong from Qatar on flight QR818 on 24th November for transit. He remained in the airside of the restricted area due to a visa-related issue and tested positive in a pre-departure test on 27th November at the restricted area in Hong Kong International Airport. The patient had not received COVID-19 vaccination and had been asymptomatic. He tested positive on 27th November for antibody after admission and the CT values for the three tests after admission are 30-36. The whole genome sequencing conducted by the DH’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch confirmed that the case carried the Variant of Concern Omicron. Further epidemiological investigations revealed that the patient travelled from Papua New Guinea to Nigeria on 15th November and subsequently travelled from Qatar to Hong Kong. The places where he had been at Hong Kong International Airport had been included in a compulsory testing notice on 29th November. Specified persons who had been present at the relevant venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing by 1st December.. No relevant confirmed case has been recorded at the moment. There are so far four cases involving Omicron in Hong Kong. Two cases are related to South Africa and two cases are related to Nigeria.
According to the testing and quarantine arrangements for local COVID-19 cases with mutant strains, the CHP reminded that persons who resided or worked within the same building as the residence of relevant cases will be subject to compulsory testing on specified dates in accordance with the announcement by the DH. They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day (see the details of the buildings and dates of testing at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/CTN_Specified_premises_and_Dates_of_Testing.pdf).
As at 9am today (December 1), four COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 12375, 12382, 12408 and 12410) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours and will continue with the 14-day post-discharge isolation. So far, a total of 12 140 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
A total of 48 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and the Hospital Authority (HA) Infectious Disease Centre, and all of them are in stable condition.
Specified persons in relation to the following specified premises are also reminded to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow:
- Tower 1, Tower 2 and Tower 3, Hampton Place, 11 Hoi Fan Road, Tai Kok Tsui