Residents of Kensington Plaza in Jordan partially evacuated

Local | 22 Jan 2021 7:23 pm

Residents living in flats C of Kensington Plaza in Jordan are expected to be evacuated amid a possible Covid transmission in the building through the “chimney effect”.

According to health officials, at least 10 residents from five different units - four of them facing the same direction - have been infected with the virus.

Top microbiologist and government adviser Yuen Kwok-yung, said there is a chance that the virus is being transmitted through leaky sewage pipes, after carrying out inspections inside the building.

“It is likely that people are infected through a mode of transmission called “chimney effect”, whereby air containing the coronavirus is sucked up to the roof and blown into flats on higher floors, causing environmental contamination,” said Yuen.

He said that authorities will again inspect the sewage facilities inside the building after the residents have moved out, to ascertain the mode of transmission.

“At the time being, there is no need for residents living in other flats to be evacuated,” Yuen added.

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