More premises on mandatory test list

Local | Jane Cheung 27 Nov 2020

A pub and two gym centers have been hit by the dance cluster as they were among seven more premises where visitors are required to undergo Covid-19 testing, the Centre for Health Protection announced.

The SAR yesterday saw 81 fresh cases, with more than 60 preliminary positive patients awaiting confirmation.

They included six imported cases, 13 from unknown local sources and 62 linked to previous local infections, of whom 59 were from the dance cluster, taking the cluster's tally to 311 - more than triple the second-largest 103-patient bar and band cluster.

The center's head of communicable disease branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said more premises were found to be linked to the dance cluster, including Bandstage Live Music in Wong Tai Sin, where at least six customers and performers who visited the pub last Friday have been diagnosed.

Two Philip Wain gym centers at Lee Garden Two in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui's Mira Place branches saw 13 fitness students from different classes infected.

"The fitness club has small group classes such as yoga and stretching," Chuang said. "The students wore masks, but we worry there could be transmission in the changing rooms or environmental contamination."

Also on the list were two Chinese restaurants - Lucky Dragon in Shek Kip Mei and Lucky Dragon Palace in Ngau Chi Wan's Choi Wan Commercial Complex - and two dance centers - Rendezvous Arts Club in Prince Edward and A&B Dance Studio in Causeway Bay.

Both places held dinner-dance events where participants can meet, eat or even dance with friends and strangers.

Chuang said these seven premises will be gazetted under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Business and Premises) Regulation for visitors this month to be tested within three days.

The Home Affairs Department yesterday also announced the suspension of all dancing and singing classes in community halls and centers after town halls in Sheung Shui, Sha Tin and Tai Wai's Lung Hang were visited by Covid-19 patients.

One of the new dance cluster patients is Wu Ho-mun, 77, who works as a part-time practitioner at a clinic in Wong Tai Sin's Fu Shun House.

He fell sick on Monday and got tested on Tuesday, but continued to work until he was notified of his positive results on Wednesday.

Patients who have visited the clinic since Saturday will be traced and offered the test, while Wu's colleagues will be sent to quarantine.

On the unlinked cases, Chuang said one of them is a probationary customs officer who has been training at the Hong Kong Customs College in Tai Lam. A dozen trainees who live with her at the dorms will be sent to quarantine.

Meanwhile, Lawrence Yu Kam-kee, the governor of the Hong Kong Automobile Association and former chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association, was diagnosed on Wednesday.

He attended a media event last Thursday, during which he took pictures with his mask off.

But he is believed to have contracted the virus from another event on Saturday, where an attendee was subsequently confirmed to have Covid-19.

Yu is asymptomatic and is now in stable condition at Tuen Mun Hospital.

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