Cable boss infected by wife

Local | Jane Cheung 26 Nov 2020

David Chiu Tat-cheong, owner of Cable TV and chairman of Far East Consortium, has caught Covid-19 from his wife Nancy Chiu Ng Wai-ping, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus after attending a meal gathering with an infected friend from the dance cluster.

Nancy Chiu became a confirmed patient Monday. According to the Centre for Health Protection, her 66-year-old husband was listed as one of the patients announced on Tuesday without being named, but his address was the same as Nancy Chiu's on Silver Terrace Road, Clear Water Bay.

Nancy Chiu yesterday issued a press statement through Cable TV's corporate communications confirming her infection, but there was no mention of her husband.

Despite being listed as a patient linked to the dance cluster by the Centre for Health Protection, she wrote: "I never dance and I'm not one of the dance cluster."

She said she attended a meal last Thursday with a friend who was subsequently diagnosed with the infection.

"To stop the virus from spreading and to uphold civil responsibility, I took a virus test immediately and voluntarily," she said, adding she is now in a hospital in stable condition.

A Cable TV spokesman said the broadcaster "has no information" on its boss' health condition. However, a Far East interim report press briefing to be attended by Chiu tomorrow has been called off, with his public relations specialists citing Covid-19 reasons.

It is understood that Cable TV issued internal emails to its division heads, asking them to allow employees to join the government's community test program during working hours.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of communicable disease at the Centre for Health Protection, yesterday announced 63 more cases linked to the dance cluster, taking the cluster's tally to 250.

They were among 85 fresh cases - 32 males and 53 females from 21 months to 89 years old - reported yesterday, comprising one imported, 68 linked to previous local infections and 16 from unknown local sources. More than 60 preliminary positive patients are awaiting confirmation.

One of the latest additions to the dance cluster is private obstetrics specialist Dora Lau Wong Shik-fung, 63, who practices at Argyle Center in Mong Kok and the Union Hospital Polyclinic in Ma On Shan. She had visited dance premises and was subsequently diagnosed with the infection.

Chuang said Lau developed coughs and got sampling kits from a private doctor on Monday, but continued to work the next day.

"She wore protective gear at work and we believe the risk of passing the virus to patients is low," Chuang said, adding the clinics have been advised to close for 14 days for disinfection.

Chuang said one of the doctor's close contacts is a student at Victoria Shanghai Academy in Aberdeen and the school will suspend classes until the child tests negative.

The dance cluster aside, a 44-year-old woman returning from Shenzhen Bay Port on November 8 was diagnosed with the infection yesterday. But authorities believe she contracted the virus from her 52-year-old household contact, who developed symptoms slightly earlier than her and has been listed as an unknown local source patient.

Chuang said one of the preliminary positive patients is a male nurse, 27, working at Gleneagles Hospital's emergency room.

Another preliminary patient is a worker from To Kwa Wan's Siu King Care and Attention Home for the elderly. Some 30 of her colleagues and over 20 care home residents have tested negative.

Meanwhile, Ocean Park will be closed today and tomorrow for disinfection after a patient visited the theme park last Thursday.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com



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