The CHP said the new patient, a 50-year-old porter of Hong Kong International Airport, was found to carry the L452R mutant strain, and the compulsory testing for airport personnel has been launched to identify the transmission chain.

Hong Kong's COVID-19 vaccination drive starting on Feb. 26 is ongoing.

More than 2.56 million residents have taken at least one shot of the vaccine as far, accounting for about 37.7 percent of the eligible population. Almost 1.78 million people have been fully vaccinated.