HK reports 56 Covid cases, 23 infections untraceable

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Centre for Health Protection said as of 12am today, it has recorded 56 additional confirmed coronavirus cases – one imported and 55 local – bringing the tally to 9,721 cases.

Among the 56 patients were 24 men and 32 women, aged between two to 95 years. There were also around 60 preliminary positive cases today, where over 30 of them were found in Yau Ma Tei.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's Communicable Disease Branch, said of the fresh local cases today, 32 were linked to previous local infections and 23 with untraceable sources.

Chuang said among the 23 untraceable infections, 21 of them were tested in Yau Ma Tei. Of the local patients diagnosed today, 31 of them live in the Yau Tsim Mong District, and around half of them live in the Yau Ma Tei-Jordan area needing mandatory testing.

“A majority of the patients are South Asians, including 17 Nepalese, three Bangladeshi and two Indonesians,” said Chuang.

In view of the outbreak in Hiu Fung House of Fung Wah Estate in Chai Wan, residents living in unit “13” above the 12th floor will also have to be evacuated, after one among them was tested preliminary positive.

As for those living below the 12th floor, so far 24 individuals have been evacuated.

Health officials also announced that three buildings have been issued with a mandatory testing order, including buildings on 1 Temple Street, 197 Shanghai Street and Wai Ching Court in Jordan.