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Fears of virus spread in markets as HK registers 85 new Covid-19 cases

05 August 2020

By The SUN

A number of infections  in wet markets involved fish vendors 

An infectious disease expert has called on people, especially the elderly, to avoid going to wet markers, as a number of Covid-19 cases linked to two public markets in Kowloon continues to rise.

Of the 85 confirmed cases reported today, Aug. 5, one was linked to the Hung Hom public market. Yesterday, there were two found in the same market, and another at the To Kwa Wan wet market.

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So far, at least 11 markets have been linked to 15 infections, particularly among fish and seafood stalls.

Dr. Ho Pak-leung of the University of Hong Kong has called wet markets as an “epidemic time bomb” after taking environmental samples from the two areas.

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Both markets were closed early and disinfected as environmental samples were taken from there by Dr Ho and his team. The samples were taken from chopping boards, ice, water and weighing scales in the two markets.

At today's press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan revealed that no traces of the coronavirus were found in the samples.

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Dr Ho that to avoid infection, younger people wearing face masks should take on the task of buying food from groceries, and that the items bought be soaked in clean water as soon as they are brought home.

The market contamination sparked fears of outbreaks similar to those that happened in Wuhan, where the first coronavirus cases were discovered, even as Hong Kong added fewer than 100 cases for the third consecutive day.

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With today’s 85 new cases, Hong Kong’s total tally has risen to 3,670.

The death toll also rose to 43, with six new cases being reported over the past 24 hours, all involving elderly patients. One other death is being investigated, as the patient tested preliminary positive before passing away.
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