Virus found on North Point temple bathroom tap surface and prayer book
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Traces of the new coronavirus had been found on a tap handle in a bathroom at a Buddhist worship hall in North Point, as well as on a prayer book, health officials said today, RTHK reports.
Seven people who had been to the Fook Wai Ching She temple recently are now known to have been infected with the coronavirus.
At a press conference, officials said they took 33 samples from inside and outside the temple, including from door handles, lift buttons, and light switches.
Two samples, from the tap handle and the book were positive.
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, from the Centre for Health Protection, noted that disinfection work had been done in the time between the first patient being diagnosed and the samples being taken.
But she said the positive test results were to be expected, and some areas might be difficult to clean.
Chuang said the authorities will return to the temple after a few days to see whether it is still contaminated.
The center has so far received calls from 153 people who recently visited the temple, she said. Twenty-two of them have been asked to undergo quarantine.