Saudi Arabia Consul in HK among 4 close contacts of 2 teenagers infected with variant virus required to undergo 21-day quarantine


21st July 2021 – (Hong Kong) A 13-year-old girl (Case No.11971) and her 11-year-old brother (Case. No.11968) from Saudi Arabia came to Hong Kong to visit relatives last Friday (17th). They returned to their residence in Tang Kung Mansion in Quarry Bay to self-quarantine in accordance with relevant exemption regulations as they are the children of Saudi Arabia Consul in Hong Kong. The two were diagnosed today (21st). Among them, the 13-year-old girl ( Case No. 11971) was also found to have L452R variant virus.

They were allegedly found to be in violation of home quarantine order and potentially spread the virus into the community. Although their family members are listed as close contacts, they could have been quarantined at home. However, when the Department of Health said that the 2 siblings involved had four close contacts, including two family members, a driver and a foreign domestic helper. The four persons have been sent to the isolation camp for compulsory quarantine for 21 days. According to sources, one of them is the father of the two, that is, the consul of Saudi Arabia in Hong Kong.

Compulsory quarantine of certain persons arriving at Hong Kong from foreign places regulation Cap 599e states that the Chief Secretary for Administration can exempt certain persons from quarantine requirements, but he can still impose, change or impose quarantine requirements if he considers it necessary. However, the provisions also stipulate that any specified conditions shall not derogate from the powers of health officers conferred by the “Prevention and Control of Disease Regulations” (Chapter 599A), that is, the powers of quarantine and isolation of any person.