Thirteen patients tested positive inside lockdown area

Local | 24 Jan 2021 5:52 pm

Thirteen patients have been found from the Jordan lockdown area – a positive rate of 0.17 percent, health officials announced.
Secretary for food and health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said the 13 patients took the test at the mobile specimen collection stations yesterday, after the area bounded by Woosung Street, Nanking Street, Battery Street and Kansu Street has been sealed off from 4am yesterday.
She said the 13 patients are still classified as preliminary positive and will become confirmed cases tomorrow, but health officers have already arranged their hospitalization and quarantine of their close contacts.
She said six of the 13 came from two families and the remaining seven were unlinked. They live on Woosung Street, Temple Street, Pak Hoi Street, Shanghai Street and Battery Street.
“Some cases, if not all of them, live in subdivided flats. We've also put all those sharing the same subdivided flat – even they may not be the same household – to quarantine,” Chuang Shuk-kwan, Centre for Health Protection's head of communicable disease branch, said.
Chuang said given a total of 8,000 residents in the lockdown area, the detection of 12 patients makes up to a positive rate of 0.17 percent, adding it is much higher than that at 0.002 percent during the territory-wide voluntary test last September, which identified 42 cases among 1.78 million participants.

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