Visitors of 14 dance premise to be tested for Covid

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The government would be implementing mandatory virus tests for those who have visited 14 dance premises after patients linked to a dance club cluster in Wan Chai were confirmed with the disease.

This came as Hong Kong confirmed 43 additional local cases today, of which 13 were untraceable. 

The number marked the biggest jump in three months since the city last recorded 74 infections on August 16.

The new cases today included 36 local infections, among which 21 were linked to the Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai. There were also more than 60 preliminary positive cases pending confirmation.

Chuang Shuk-kwan of the CHP told a daily press briefing that one or two patients linked to the dance club cluster hadn't been to the premise, showing signs of super-spreading. 

She said the Food and Health Bureau would later mandate testing for visitors of 14 dance studios in which infected students and instructors linked to the dance club cluster had danced at.

It would be the first time of such a move since the law came into effective last Sunday.

Those who had been to the venues, including the Starlight Dance Club, Dance Culture in Causeway Bay and Palladium International Dance Club in Tsim Sha Tsui, from November 1 would be subjected to a mandatory virus test. 

“The mandatory testing order, mandatory testing notice issued by the Food and Health Bureau will take effect for those who’ve been to those places to undergo testing… if any of them are found to have not complied with the notice, there will be penalties,” she said.

As of Saturday, 32 were tied to the dance club cluster, among them were eight instructors. 

Chuang said there had been hidden transmission links across the community, as cases with unknown sources live in multiple districts, such as Wong Tai Sin, Ma On Shan, Fo Tan, Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Tseung Kwan O, Tin Hau and Mid-levels. 

She described the surge as “very alarming”, saying it could be difficult to control the "fully fury" number of infections. 

Chuang urged the public to minimize gathering and activities during the weekend and stay home as much as possible.

The remaining of today's cases were 7 imported infections which involved domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia, and travelers from Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.