Covid-19 gong sounds for guest at listing

Top News | Jane Cheung 26 Mar 2020

A guest at a Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing IPO ceremony for fashion design firm SG Group has been confirmed to have the Covid-19 virus, prompting the HKEX to disinfect its lobby.

The guest from SG's design and sourcing company went to the event on Friday at HKEX's Connect Hall at Exchange Square, which has not been used since.

Executives from SG Group, including chairman and chief executive Charles Choi King-ting, also attended.

But no details about the infected guest were provided by health authorities.

All IPO events hosted by HKEX have become virtual ones this week - complete with a gong - and mainland biotech firm InnoCare Pharma was the first to list under the new arrangement on Monday.

The listing story came out yesterday as Hong Kong counted 24 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 -13 men and 11 women aged from 11 to 57- for a total of 411.

The Centre for Health Protection's head of communicable disease branch, Chuang Shuk-kwan, said among the 24 cases there were 19 with travel history from Europe and the United States, including six students studying overseas.

Among five who had no travel history, three were related to a cluster involving a band that performed in bars in Lan Kwai Fong in Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.

One is another band member, taking to eight the number infected from the same Filipino group of nine or 10 members.

"Some band members are husband and wife and some live together," Chuang said.

"It's reasonable they could have infected one another as they come into very close contact."

The band had performed at Insomnia in Lan Kwai Fong and Centre Stage and Dusk Till Dawn in Wan Chai. Some members also performed in All Night Long in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Insomnia yesterday saw another waiter infected with the virus. A first waiter was confirmed on Tuesday.

A Cathay Pacific pilot who went to Insomnia on March 18 and All Night Long the next day had a fever on Friday. He was also diagnosed with Covid-19 yesterday.

And another video editor from Now TV's news department tested positive. The 25-year-old woman worked on the same shift for 10 hours with a previously diagnosed editor last week.

A preliminary positive case was a 22-year-old policewoman.

Meanwhile, to alleviate a pressing demand for beds in isolation wards the Hospital Authority will set up triage station for patients awaiting Covid-19 test results at accident and emergency wards at public hospitals.

Some hospitals have to keep patients waiting separately in tents set up in outdoor areas while others will transform surveillance wards into waiting areas. Test results are usually out in six to eight hours.

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