HONG KONG, May 24 (Xinhua) - Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported Monday one new case of COVID-19, taking the tally in the financial hub to 11,833.
The new patient was a domestic worker who returned to Hong Kong with the family of her employer from Pakistan in early April, the CHP said at a press conference. She at first tested negative for the virus after undergoing the quarantine but was found to have contracted the N501Y mutant strain through mandatory testing on May 22.
A total of 266 cases involving the N501Y variant have been reported in Hong Kong.
Despite the new N501Y case, the epidemic has largely remained under control thanks to effective anti-epidemic measures and an ongoing vaccination program.
Hong Kong's schools and kindergartens on Monday resumed half-day in-person learning. School classes had been suspended multiple times since the epidemic outbreak in January 2020.
Over 1.25 million residents have taken at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine since the inoculation started on Feb. 26, accounting for 19.1 percent of the population aged 16 or above, who are eligible for the vaccine.
Some 891,800 people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 13.6 percent of the eligible group.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau on Monday called on people to receive the jab and said getting the vaccine is a necessary requirement for Hong Kong residents to join travel programs amid the epidemic, including the air travel bubble.