Cluster fears over care-home resident

Top News | Jane Cheung 30 Sep 2020

A resident of a Yuen Long elderly home has tested preliminarily positive for Covid-19 as Hong Kong reported another four new imported cases yesterday.

The 71-year-old woman from Yuen Long Home for the Elderly on the first floor of Fung Cheung Building on Fung Cheung Road is being treated at Pok Oi Hospital.

If her condition is confirmed, it will break the three-week clear record at care homes after a carer at a Lei Muk Shue home for the mentally disabled was diagnosed at the beginning of this month.

The fresh cases were a 31-year-old man returning from France, a 45-year-old woman from Canada and two from India - a woman, 34 and a man, 39 - taking the tally to 5,080, including 105 deaths.

Yesterday was the second consecutive day without new cases from unknown local sources. The last one - a 22-year-old worker at a Kai Tak construction site -- was announced on Sunday.

A government adviser on Covid-19 and University of Hong Kong microbiologist, Yuen Kwok-yung, said bar hoppers flooded back to Lan Kwai Fong over the weekend and people did not follow health measures. He warned the improved local situation can get out of control quickly.

"If this goes on, trouble will definitely come," he said, adding there is room for relaxation of social distancing measures.

"We should keep the time when we are without a mask as short as possible. Premises should open windows and install strong ventilation fans and strictly limit customers to half of capacitiy," he said.

Yuen said seafood stalls in wet markets provide a towel for customers to dry their hands after touching wet seafood but the towel could spread the virus to other people after a patient had touched it.

Another government adviser and respiratory expert from the Chinese University, David Hui Shu-cheong, agreed, saying many Chinese restaurants have been fully booked and some do not follow the requirement of only catering to half of their capacity.

Jane Cheung

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