Tests ordered for Mid-levels and Tai Wai residents

Health officials on Sunday ordered compulsory Covid-19 tests for some residents in Mid-levels and Tai Wai, after two people who live there came down with the virus following a trip to Kyrgyzstan.

The Centre for Health Protection said a man, 60, and a woman, 43, tested positive for the L452R mutant strain after returning from Kyrgyzstan on Friday. Both were asymptomatic.

Officials said both of them were fully inoculated with the BioNTech vaccine and had tested negative for the coronavirus before flying to the central Asian country on August 20.

Even though the two infections were classified as imported cases, authorities said those who’d been to Valiant Park and block six of Peak One, some restaurants in Tai Wai and Central, as well as the woman’s office in Sheung Wan, need to get tested by Monday as a precautionary measure.

The two were among eight imported cases reported on Sunday.

All of the other six patients – who flew in from the Philippines, Britain and the United States – were also fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Five of them carried the L452R mutant strain.