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New Covid-19 cases include newly arrived FDH, 4 linked to bars

07 April 2020

By The SUN

Arriving passengers at HK Airport collect documents before undergoing 14 days of forced quarantine

Another foreign domestic worker who just arrived from a vacation in France with her employers has tested positive for Covid-19, according to Health Department officials in their press briefing today, Apr. 17.

She is among the 21 new confirmed cases, which brought Hong Kong’s tally to 936. Of these, 236 have recovered, and have been discharged from various hospitals.

As in the past few days, a majority of the new cases involve residents who have recently returned from overseas. Of today’s 12 imported cases, four are international students.

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Today is the second day in a row that a FDH had tested positive for the coronavirus disease. Yesterday, another who had just come back from Britain with her employers, was also confirmed as having the disease.

Centre for Health Protection’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said the 40-year-old helper in today’s case had been to France with her employers between Mar 1 and Apr 4, when she returned to Hong Kong.

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Also included in today’s tally are four cases related to the so-called “bar cluster,” which struck a group of musicians, staff and patrons of four pubs in Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui. There are now 97 cases linked to this cluster.


The new cases are said to be “second generation cases” because they involve family members and a neighbor of the people with direct links to the bars. One is the wife of a staff member; another, a husband, and a third, a son.

The fourth is a resident who lives next door to two confirmed patients at Yick Shing Mansion in Wan Chai.

Dr Wong Ka-hing, CHP’s controller, revealed that health officers had mistakenly sent the father, instead of his infected son, to the hospital. The Nepalese family had been in a quarantine centre after being identified as close contacts of an infected patient.

The father was kept in the hospital for about six hours before the mistake was realized. He was tested before being returned to the quarantine centre, and returned a negative result. The case is being investigated.
 
There are now 96 cases linked to 4 bars, including Insomnia in Lan Kwai Fong
 

More new cases were also reported in outbreaks in two separate karaoke bars.

Three people who went with a group to CEO Neway in Causeway Bay, and who all worked with different branches of Marks & Spences Food store were among the new cases. Another colleague who went to the same bar had tested positive earlier.
One more case has also been linked to RED MR Karaoke in Tsim Sha Tsui, where seven infections were earlier confirmed. An eighth case involving a family member was also reported last week, while today’s case, the ninth, is the father of one of the people in the group.

Of the nine locally acquired cases, no link has been established for one involving a 38-year-old Nepalese woman who is 19 months pregnant. She is said to live on Temple St in Jordan.

The health officials said they are asking more private doctors to help them administer the test for the virus, as those who have done it so far have returned a 2% positive report, higher than those at the testing centers.

As in the hospitals and the testing centers, the tests being administered by private doctors are free to those who show symptoms of Covid-19.


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