Cruise siblings andhorse owner join tally

Top News | Jane Cheung 27 Feb 2020

A 16-year-old teenager who returned on a chartered flight on Sunday from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has become Hong Kong's youngest patient.

His sister, 21, who took the same flight was also infected, taking the number of infected cruise passengers to seven.

The news came as Yvonne Chow Hau-yee, owner of race horse Very Rich Man, and her foreign domestic helper were confirmed to be infected.

Also entering the mix was a volunteer cleaner and the husband of a previously diagnosed worshipper in the North Point Buddhist temple cluster, taking the number of cases relating to the temple to 12.

Yesterday's cases bring the number of confirmed cases in the SAR to 90.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of communicable diseases at the Centre for Health Protection, said the siblings were tested by the University of Hong Kong, which is helping authorities test passengers who are in 14-day quarantine in Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan.

The siblings were among five cruise passengers on the third Cathay Pacific government-sponsored flight.

Chuang said they had been sick on the cruise, but had recovered before boarding the chartered flight.

The pair went on the cruise trip with four other relatives, three of whom were infected in early February and are recovering in Japanese hospitals.

The domestic helper of Chow, who lives with her family at Swiss Towers in Tai Hang, was diagnosed with the virus one day after Chow was confirmed.

Chuang said the helper had a fever on February 16 and went to private doctors last Thursday and Monday, adding she was sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai on Tuesday.

However, Chuang said, Chow had been to multiple places and met with many people in art galleries, gatherings and a hair salon, as well as a small-scale wedding banquet.

Two more new cases arising from Fook Wai Ching She Buddhist temple in Maylun Apartments in North Point involve a 49-year-old housewife living in Healthy Gardens, located meters away from the temple, and an 80-year-old man whose 76-year-old wife - a temple worshipper -was diagnosed with the infection on Sunday.

"Despite Covid-19 test results not being obvious, her chest scan showed symptoms in her lungs so we are treating her as a confirmed case," Chuang said.

Chuang said a preliminary positive case is that of a 26-year-old man, the son of a previously diagnosed 57-year-old woman who is also a temple worshiper.

Hospital Authority chief manager for patient safety and risk management Sara Ho Yuen-ha said among 90 confirmed cases, six were discharged yesterday, bringing the number to 24. Two died.

Among 64 patients in 10 hospitals, one is in a critical condition, four are serious and the remaining 59 are stable.

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