Yuen Kwok-yung says uncooperative hospital patient could have spread virus

Local | 11 Aug 2020 6:38 pm

The first patient of a coronavirus cluster at the Kwong Wah Hospital, a 69-year-old man, was uncooperative and always removed his mask to speak loudly and scold others, and could have spread the virus to others, said top microbiologist and government adviser on the coronavirus epidemic, Yuen Kwok-yung.

He also urged patients not to speak when eating and wear face masks properly as much as possible.

Several patients of the hospital have been infected with the virus and Yuen was invited to the inspect the hospital and give advice on infection control this afternoon.

Yuen said between July 22 and Sunday, a total of six patients, who had been transferred to different wards, have been infected. There was no major problem with air flow in the wards but in some locations, the air flow is insufficient.

He believes that the patients of the cluster were infected in the hospital, but it is not necessary to close all wards and does not rule out more confirmed cases.

As for the male nurse of the hospital who has tested positive, Yuen pointed out that the time of onset was different from that of the six confirmed patients and believes that there is a higher chance that he infected the virus in the community.

The Hospital Authority said the nurse's wife who works in the same hospital will be classified as close contact.

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