Covid-19: Hong Kong records two cases of new heavily mutated variant which sparked int’l alert

Hong Kong has recorded two infections with a newly identified coronavirus variant that has sparked international concern because its many mutations make it potentially more transmissible and able to evade an immune response.

The two patients both served a period of quarantine at the Regal Airport Hotel – with a traveller from South Africa, where the latest variant was first identified, found to have infected the person in the room next to him.

People wearing face masks in Hong Kong. File photo: GovHK.

Authorities said that following a whole genome sequencing analysis conducted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the new variant was confirmed in both cases.


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