Hong Kong reports 17 new local cases and 33 more preliminary infections

Local | 11 Jul 2020 5:20 pm

Hong Kong has reported 29 new Covid-19 cases today, of which 17 are locally-transmitted cases.

Preliminary tests have also showed positive results for 33 another patients, but those cases are still pending for final confirmation.

Among the 17 domestic infections, nine were linked to the recent infection clusters, including the Tsz Wan Shan Kong Tai elderly care home, Pan Kei congee shop and Kin Wing canteen.

Health authorities said three more workers of the elderly center in Tsz Wan Shan, after 28 residents and 4 staffers were infected with the virus this week, meaning that a total of 35 patients had fallen ill in association to the cluster.

Another three people linked to the Pan Kei congee shop in Kwun Tong were detected with the virus today, of which two patients did not visit the restaurant beforehand. 

Two more asymptomatic employees of Kin Wing Canteen in Tuen Mun were sent to the hospital after testing positive with the virus. 

A 59-year-old chef, who works part time at the eatery on Lung Mun Road and Pan Kei congee shop at the same time, had been seriously ill after being detected with the virus earlier this week.

A 3-year-old boy whose father had been infected (1292nd case) developed a fever at the quarantine center on July 9. Health authorities said he did not go to school during isolation. 

The number of cases with unkonwn srouces climbed by eight to 29 today.  

A 12-year-old student was diagnosed with Covid-19 is understood to be a student of Good Hope School at Ngau Chi Wan.

She practised volleyball with her schoolmate who had fell ill previously (1375th case). She had been to the swimming pool in her home's clubhouse on June 25, around two weeks before she developed a sore throat on July 7.

Health authorities are tracing her 14 close contacts, including teachers at school. 

A 72-year-old man who lives in Yuen Long had been to a family gathering with 14 people in a restaurant on June 28 and went to his son's office in Lai Chi Kok on July 6, before having flu-like symptoms on July 4. 

Among the 33 preliminary positive cases is a local immigration officer working at the Senzhen border checkpoint, officials scrambled to trace the source of infections and his close contacts.

The 27-year-old male officer was responsible for processing travelers at the Shenzhen Bay Port checkpoint, according to the Immigration Department.

He last worked on July 8 and sought treatment the following day, and was confirmed with the virus on last night. 

The Immigration Department said he wore a mask at work and had no recent travel hisotry. 

Authorities said it is unlikely that the officer caught the virus from travelers entering the SAR from the mainland.

A laboratory research assistant at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was also among the latest confirmed cases. 

He last worked at campus in Clear Water Bay on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, there are 12 more imported cases with patients returning from countries such as the Philippines, Germany and Turkey.

The total Covid-19 tally rose to 1,433, which includes one probable case.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said the new wave of outbreak is more severe, compared to the surge of imported cases back in March. 

"There are a number of cases with sources we cannot identify and they aren't linked to any imported cases," said Chuang, who added the police has been helping with tracing close contacts of patients. 

"The situation is worrying," said Chuang, "I think the outbreak has spread across communities, as we are seeing citizens, including taxi drivers, residents in public housing estates.... [students in] schools and elderly care homes."

When pressed on the upcoming book fair scheduled to start next Wednesday, Chuang said visitors have to follow infection control measures if the annual event continues. 

She said citizens' awareness were lacking, and many were still taking part in social acitivies amid the sudden outbreak. 

"We are tracing sources of infections and carrying out virus testings, but they are all follow-up work," said Chuang, who urged citizens to stay vigilant, work from home and avoid group gatherings. 

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