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Coronavirus | HK sees 4 cases, fewer than 10 test preliminarily positive

Migrant workers queue up for COVID-19 testing in the Central district of Hong Kong on May 4, 2021. (China Daily/Calvin Ng)

Hong Kong reported four new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (May 4), including an unclassified infection involving a virus mutant strain, bringing the city's tally to 11,790.

The other three cases involved two travelers from Indonesia, and a 28-year-old woman who flew from India and was found infected by the N501Y coronavirus variant only after completing 21 days of hotel quarantine and returning to her residence in Tsim Sha Tsui, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's communicable disease branch, said at a briefing.

The unclassified case was discovered through the mandatory testing program targeting the city's 370,000 foreign domestic helpers and involved a 44-year-old Filipino helper who tested positive for the N501Y variant

Those who lived with the woman at Beauty Mansion were evacuated on Monday night for 21 days of quarantine.

The unclassified case was discovered through the mandatory testing program targeting the city's 370,000 foreign domestic helpers and involved a 44-year-old Filipino helper who also tested positive for the N501Y variant.

She arrived in the city on March 31 and lived at Allway Gardens Block R in Tsuen Wan after finishing three weeks of hotel quarantine, Chuang said.

Residents of the building will also be evacuated as the helper was infected with a COVID-19 variant, she added.

Chuang also said that there were fewer than 10 preliminary cases, including at least three local infections.

One involved the mother of an infected 10-month-old girl, who was believed to have been infected by their Filipino helper. All of them had the N501Y strain. The Filipino's infection triggered citywide testing for helpers.

The other two local preliminary cases were Filipino helpers who knew each other. They were also identified through the mandatory testing for helpers, Chuang said.

One lived at Kornhill in Quarry Bay while the other stayed at Royalton in Pok Fu Lam.

(Source: China Daily)

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