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HK sees 3 new virus cases, one more linked to variant cluster

A man uses a railing to stretch on a Kowloon promenade that runs along Victoria Harbour, as he faces the skyline of Hong Kong Island in the background on March 18, 2021. (ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including two imported infections, pushing the city’s tally to 11,817.

The local case involved a 40-year-old woman, the girlfriend of the 42-year-old man whose infection with a variant strain was confirmed on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the Centre for Health Protection. Her infection took the number of patients linked to a variant cluster to 10. 

The local case involved a 40-year-old woman, the girlfriend of a 42-year-old man whose infection with a variant strain was confirmed on Wednesday 

The duo attended a party with the man’s sister, a 31-year-woman who was the city’s second patient with the N501Y mutated strain, at Fung Hing House of Hing Wah (II) Estate in Chai Wan on April 13.

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They also joined another gathering at 7 Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po on April 18, where three Filipino domestic helpers were believed to have caught the variant strain.

So far, eight people who attended the two parties have been found with the virus. 

The other two cases on Thursday involved a 43-year-old man from France and a 35-year-old woman from Indonesia, according to the CHP.

The man left Hong Kong for France on May 6 and returned on Sunday. He developed a fever on Tuesday. The CHP said a mandatory testing order would be issued for his residence at 29 Staunton Street in Central.

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Meanwhile, a total of 63 confirmed patients were being treated in 14 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre as of Thursday, including two patients in critical condition and one in serious condition, according to the Hospital Authority.

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