Three more HongKongers confirmed with Covid-19

Local | 1 Mar 2020 6:56 pm

Hong Kong yesterday recorded three new cases of the deadly Covid-19 including two passengers from Diamond Princess cruise, one from the North Point Buddhist temple cluster.

An elderly couple living in Sham Shui Po were also tested preliminary positive, likely to take the total to 100.

Head of communicable disease branch Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection said the SAR yesterday saw two suspected cases of the coronavirus returning from the Princess Diamond Cruise in Japan on the second charter flight on February 21.

Chuang said the duo were found to carry antibodies for the coronavirus in their blood in tests by the University of Hong Kong but are teste negative for the virus, indicating they could have contracted the Covid-19 but has since recovered.

She said the 96th case is a 68-year-old woman who had a fever on February 16 and mild coughs on Thursday while the 97th case is a 56-year-old man who has not shown any symptoms.

The third confirmed case yesterday was a 71-year-old woman who visited Fook Wai Ching She Buddhist worship hall in Maylun Apartments in North Point.

The woman living in Hong Shui Court has been to the temple on February 1 and 5 to 8. She suffered from coughs and a runny nose on February 12, after which she consulted a Chinese medicine practitioner on February 14, 16 and 20.

Chuang said the woman recalled chatting and eating with a previously diagnosed 70-year-old woman in the temple on February 8.

The woman on Saturday called the Department of Health and was sent to United Christian Hospital.

Chuang said the two preliminary positive cases were a couple – a 76-year-old wife and 79-year-old husband – living in Un Lok House in a Sham Shui Po public estate.

She said both husband and wife suffer from diabetes and require insulin injection while the husband also has kidney disease.

“On February 28, the wife suffered from fever, coughs and a short of breath,” Chuang said. “Her daughter sent her to Caritas Medical Centre, where chest scans showed signed of pneumonia.”

She said the husband on Friday fell at home and suffered coughs the next day, prompting his children to also send him to Caritas.

Meanwhile, Fusion supermarket in Tiu Keng Leng has been shut after a part time cashier has been confirmed of the coronavirus but Chuang said the 46-year-old woman, who is the daughter-in-law of a previously confirmed case – had been sent to a quarantine center and only fell sick while being isolated.

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