6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases expected today including the two foreign domestic helpers with mutant virus at Kornhill Gardens and Royalton (Updated: 12.55pm)

Kornhill Gardens

5th May 2021 – (Hong Kong) According to sources, there were 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong today (5th), and the Centre for Health Protection will not hold a press conference on the epidemic in the afternoon. As of yesterday (4th), there have been 11,791 confirmed cases in Hong Kong.

Two new preliminary cases reported yesterday were Filipino domestic helpers who lives at Block N2, Kornhill Gardens and Royalton, 118 Pok Fu Lam Road, High West. The Filipino domestic helper who lives in Kornhill Gardens stayed at home most of the time and visited Quarry Bay Market and Cooked Food Centre. One of them who lives in Royalton visited Cafe De Coral in Kennedy Town on 3rd May. She visited the Smithfield Market in Kennedy Town regularly. Both of them are friends. They went shopping in Central from morning till evening on 25th April and 2nd May. They went to McDonald’s on Connaught Road, Central at 6pm on 25th April and visited  Saizeriya Italian Restaurant at Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po on 2nd May. On 1st and 3rd of May, the Filipino domestic helpers also gathered at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

A further analysis conducted by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the Department of Health yesterday evening revealed that as the two cases involved the N501Y mutant strain of higher transmissibility, the CHP decided to carry out prudent measures on infection control and prevention to stop the potential risk of spreading the N501Y mutant strain. The CHP will, in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599A), transfer asymptomatic residents of all units on all floors of the buildings (involving around 230 units and 30 units separately) where the patients resided (Block N2 of Kornhill in Quarry Bay and Royalton in Pok Fu Lam) to quarantine centres. Symptomatic residents will be sent to the hospital for treatment. They will undergo compulsory quarantine for 21 days.