Family members from US infect Tai Wai woman

Local | Wallis Wang 2 Jul 2020

Hong Kong saw 28 new coronavirus cases yesterday, with almost all of them imported from India, except for a local who was infected by two family members who tested positive after returning from the United States recently.

The new local case involves a 46-year-old woman, who is the wife of a 59-year-old patient and the mother of their 19-year-old son who tested positive the day before.

A resident of Mei Sau House in Tai Wai, she developed symptoms on Tuesday and was sent to Prince of Wales Hospital.

On June 26, she developed a fever and a cough before seeing a private doctor in Lam Tin. She had also visited a supermarket in Mei Tin Estate, Tai Wai, and several vegetable and meat stalls near Tai Wai Market.

The Centre for Health Protection has started to distribute specimen bottles to collect deep-throat saliva to residents of Mei Sau House.

The imported cases involved 12 males and 15 females. The youngest is three years old. Twenty-five were from India, arriving on June 30.

Meanwhile, the leisure and cultural services department said yesterday that more leisure facilities and venues will reopen from tomorrow.

Seating capacity at all LCSD performance venues will go up from 50 to 80 percent from Friday, but consecutive seats will be limited to 16. Eating or drinking is not allowed.

The capacity of public programs to be held at museums and cultural venues will also increase to 80 percent from Friday. But facilities for children will remain closed.

All public libraries and study rooms will resume normal opening hours from Tuesday.The relaxation came after the government announced a loosening of social distancing rules on Tuesday.

The limit on seating capacity at places of worship as well as entertainment venues, including bars, cinemas and nightclubs, will rise from 50 to 80 percent. But public group gatherings of more than 50 people will still be banned until July 16.

A government spokesman said adjustments may be made "as the epidemic in many overseas countries has rebounded with a drastic increase in new cases following a relaxation of social distancing measures that necessitated the reintroduction of such measures."

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said work on a plan with Macau and Guangdong to waive quarantine rules for healthy travelers has entered final stages and the details could be announced as early as this week. For now, the 14-day quarantine rule for mainland, Macau and Taiwan travelers will be extended until August 7.

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