HK reports 29 Covid cases, vertical transmission fear at Kwai Chung building

Local | 14 Jan 2021 4:42 pm

The Centre for Health Protection said as of 12am today, it has recorded 29 additional confirmed coronavirus cases – three imported and 26 local – bringing the tally to 9,415 cases.

Among the 29 patients were 13 men and 16 women, aged between two months to 81 years. There are also around 30 preliminary positive cases today.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's Communicable Disease Branch, said of the fresh local cases today, 13 were linked to previous local infections and 13 with untraceable sources. 

Chuang said among the local patients related to other local infections, the Ma Tau Kok work site of the Central Kowloon Route has seen two patients added to the cluster, totaling the cluster to 22.

Two additional cases were added to the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel construction site cluster, totaling 44 cases so far.

Health officials also announced that three buildings have been issued with a mandatory testing order, including Yan Shek House of Shek Yam Estate in Kwai Chung.

Five individuals from two units were said to have contracted the coronavirus, along with another resident in another unit being tested preliminary positive.

“The units are all ‘09’ units on different floors, we suspect a possibility of a vertical transmission over there and have therefore invited Professor Yuen Kwok-yung to conduct inspections to find out the source of their infections,” said Chuang.

Yuen is HKU's leading microbiologist and a government advisor on the epidemic.

The other two buildings ordered mandatory testing is The Spectra in Yuen Long and the residential building on 163-165 Shanghai Street in Yau Ma Tei.

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