This photo captures people wearing face masks waiting to cross a street in Hong Kong, April 5, 2021. (LI GANG / XINHUA)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including six imported infections, bringing the city’s tally to 11,858.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the Centre for Health Protection said the sole local infection involved a 53-year-old housewife, the mother of the 17-year-old student who was reported infected with the N501Y mutant virus strain on Saturday.
The six imported cases involved two travelers from Indonesia and one each from the Philippines, France, India and the United Arab Emirates
The six imported cases involved two travelers from Indonesia and one each from the Philippines, France, India and the United Arab Emirates.
The CHP said the mother of the student also tested positive for the N501Y strain but had no symptoms of the virus. She is unvaccinated.
The CHP also said that the patient’s other daughter, aged 20, had tested preliminarily positive for the virus and was admitted to hospital on June 5 after developing symptoms including cough, runny nose and diarrhoea.
The patient, who is also unvaccinated, is a student who attended online classes. On May 29, she went to Nina Mall 1 and 2; The Mills; D‧PARK shopping centre; NAMCO, Citywalk II; and Volcano Kitchen One in Nina Mall 2 in Tsuen Wan.
On May 23, she visited K11 Musea; Cats Tea Room, Room 3, 3/F, Hai Phong Mansion; and eslite spectrum store in Tsim Sha Tsui. She also went to the Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po and the Kakurega Ramen Factory on the mall’s 7th floor.
As the patient has not used the “LeaveHomeSafe” mobile app, the CHP said it will broadcast messages to visitors of these venues visited according to the latest itinerary provided by the patient.
People who had been present at these venues at specified periods need to undergo compulsory testing, the CHP said.
It added that a total of 21 cases were reported from May 23 to June 5, including one local case with an unknown source.