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Coronavirus: quarantine for hundreds after Hong Kong records first untraceable local case involving Covid-19 mutated strain, health officials warn of ?grim situation? - N501Y and E484K mutations

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  • Coronavirus: quarantine for hundreds after Hong Kong records first untraceable local case involving Covid-19 mutated strain, health officials warn of ?grim situation? - N501Y and E484K mutations

    Published: 1:35pm, 29 Apr, 2021

    Elizabeth Cheung, Ng Kang-chung, Danny Mok and Victor Ting

    Hundreds of occupants of a 52-storey residential block in Tung Chung have been ordered into quarantine in Hong Kong?s biggest such operation after one of them was confirmed to have contracted a mutated strain of Covid-19 from an unknown source locally for the first time in the city.

    ... Occupants will have to undergo three weeks of quarantine in government centres.

    Health officials said the patient was a 39-year-old domestic helper from the Philippines, and her infection carried the N501Y and E484K mutations. Both types were found in more infectious strains first identified in South Africa and Brazil, and further sequencing would be needed to determine the variant.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...s-out-domestic

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    China Rocked by Double Mutant COVID Strain As Nation Fears Fresh Outbreak

    BY JOHN FENG ON 4/29/21 AT 10:38 AM EDT

    The "double mutant" coronavirus strain that was found in India has now been detected in China, the country's chief epidemiologist has said in a major announcement ahead of this weekend's public holiday.

    At a Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention press conference held in Beijing on Thursday, Wu Zunyou revealed the "Indian variant" had been found in "some Chinese cities," without elaborating. The news has sparked intense discussion online about stricter border controls amid the five-day Labor Day break beginning Saturday.

    The country where COVID-19 was first reported some 16 months ago is preparing to step up public health measures in order to allay fears of a fresh outbreak caused by the "double mutant" strain B.1.617.

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    https://www.newsweek.com/china-rocke...tbreak-1587419

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