Mishap marks opening of community treatment center, as 115 more locally infected

Local | 2 Aug 2020 7:01 pm

A woman who was tested negative of Covid-19 was mistakenly sent to the makeshift center at Asia World Expo yesterday, which marked the centre’s opening day.

The community treatment center has received 31 patients so far, according to Sara Ho Yuen-ha, a chief manager of the Hospital Authority, as she also apologized for the incident.

“A female patient was transferred to the Asia World Expo at 4pm yesterday by mistake, and a doctor found out that she tested negative at 10pm later that day,” Ho said.

“She was then transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital, after wearing a mask all the time at Asia World Expo, and did not contact any other patients,” she added.

Ho added that it is a whole new mode of operation at the new treatment facility, and the authority had already reviewed the whole process after the incident.

The news came as Hong Kong recorded another 115 new Covid-19 cases today, making it the twelfth consecutive day the figure exceeded a hundred.

Speaking in a daily press conference, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s Communicable Disease Branch said all newly reported cases are local infections.

“Among the 115 cases, 79 cases are related to previously confirmed cases, while the sources of other 36 cases remained unknown. 58 cases were related to social gatherings with families and friends,” Chuang said.

The centre also suspected environmental contamination at Millennium City, a commercial building in Kwun Tong, as workers working on the same floor with an industrial company cluster were also infected.

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