Ambush lockdowns return to action list

Top News | Jane Cheung 24 Feb 2021

"Ambush" lockdowns were back on the anti-virus program after a 13-day break, with authorities cordoning off two buildings in San Po Kong last night after a mystery case of Covid-19 there yesterday.

Cambridge Building and Tong Seng Mansion on Kam Wing Street were sealed off at 8.30pm in the first sudden lockdown after the Lunar New Year holiday.

All residents in the blocks were ordered to be tested by 2am today, with the aim of lifting the lockdown at 7am so people could go to work.

This came four hours after the Centre for Health Protection announced one of yesterday's unknown source patients was an unemployed man, 24, living in Cambridge Building.

As to why another building was involved, a government spokesman said the two blocks are old and house many subdivided units so authorities deemed residents together faced a higher risk.

Before the holiday authorities conducted daily lockdowns in at least one district between January 31 and February 9, but only detected five cases in the 23 operations. Lockdowns went on hold as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor promised a peaceful holiday.

Meanwhile, the social gathering cap will be relaxed today with four diners at each table in eateries.

Dining in was extended until 10pm and certain premises reopened last Thursday, but the table limit was kept at two until the Executive Council approved a relaxation yesterday.

Hong Kong saw 12 new cases yesterday. Eleven were local infections, with three untraceable, while the single imported one was from the Philippines.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of CHP's communicable disease unit, said one of the untraceable cases involves a 35-year-old man living in Jordan's Man Yuen Street. He works as a chef at Volcano Kitchen One on Tai Po Street in Tsuen Wan. A dozen of his colleagues will be sent to quarantine.

A woman, 30, living in Nanning House of Tsuen Wan Centre and works as a saleswoman in Ngau Tau Kok only contacted her customers on the phone and did not meet them personally, Chuang said.

Two buildings in San Po Kong and Tower 1C of Upper East in Hung Hom - with one linked infection yesterday - were added to the mandatory test list.

Confirmed cases stood at 10,897, with 197 deaths.

Chuang said at least five of 10 preliminary cases were from unknown sources, including a male clerk, 58, at the Registration and Electoral Office.

Another is a part-time female baker, 55, at the Royal Plaza Hotel's cake shop in Mong Kok. She is in the intensive care unit at Prince of Wales Hospital.

The others are a 22-year-old salesman who works at a flower shop at 18 Prince Edward Road, a clerk living in Shau Kei Wan, and a driver who transports customers of the Seafood Island restaurant in Clear Water Bay to Hang Hau MTR station.

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