Coronavirus: Hong Kong officials identify airport testing centre as probable source of Delta variant infection | South China Morning Post
Coronavirus: Hong Kong officials identify airport testing centre as probable source of Delta variant infection. Airport worker spent time at the sample collection centre where two arrivals with same viral footprint as his were detected earlier this month 27-year-old’s case is Hong Kong’s first local infection involving the Delta variant; 4 new imported cases confirmed
In a groundbreaking development in the city’s first local case involving the more infectious variant, the Department of Health on Friday said whole genome sequencing results showed the 27-year-old worker’s infection matched that of three arrivals from Indonesia who were found with the coronavirus on June 11.
“Two of them tested positive after their samples were taken at the Department of Health’s temporary specimen collection centre at Hong Kong International Airport,” the spokesman said. “[The worker] had received cargo flight crews at the airport and stayed in the temporary specimen collection centre for work in the morning on the same day.”
The airport worker, whose case ended Hong Kong’s 16-day streak of zero local infections, was earlier on Friday confirmed as carrying the Delta coronavirus variant, first found in India. The three arrivals sharing his viral footprint are all domestic helpers from Indonesia.Hong Kong on Friday recorded no new untraceable local Covid-19 cases, but confirmed four imported infections – two from Britain, one from Indonesia and another from Bangladesh.