Yuen Kwok-yung inspects Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan wet markets

Local | 4 Aug 2020 5:53 pm

Top Microbiologist and government adviser on the coronavirus epidemic, Yuen Kwok-yung, have been invited to inspect the To Kwan Wan and Hung Hom wet markets after several additional confirmed cases today are linked to them.

The two wet markets have been closed earlier at 5:00pm today, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said a total of 10 cases are linked to four fish stalls at the Hung Hom wet market, while there are cases linked to the two stalls at the To Kwa Wan wet market. The cases were found by FEHD's surveillance program.

Speaking after visiting the Hung Hom wet market, Yuen said samples have been taken from wooden chopping boards and ice at the stalls and that the ventilation of the market is good and chance of transmission through air is low.

Yuen said there is a possibility that an infected person brought the virus to the market and the virus was spread by rats or when people eat without face masks.

A report of the findings will take a while to complete, but he said people do not have to worry about consuming fishes and seafood as long as they are cooked properly. He also said the chance of infection through these animals, which are cold-blooded, is low.

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