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HK reports 115 new Covid-19 cases, all local

02 August 2020

By The SUN

It's busy as usual in Causeway Bay today, despite the rains and the continuing surge in infections

Hong Kong reported 115 confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, including a doctor whose source of infection is unknown. It was the 12th day in a row of three-digit rises which took the city’s total tally to 3,511.

Three more elderly patients were reported to have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to to 34.

The latest fatality was a 94-year-old man who died at 12:45 pm today at Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam.
Late yesterday, a 90-year-old woman died in Tuen Mun Hospital, while another woman, aged 92, succumbed to complications from Covid-19 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

All the patients had chronic illnesses, and were admitted to hospital with symptoms, before their condition deteriorated over time.

Health officials said in today’s press briefing that all the new cases were locally acquired.
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said 79 of the new cases were related to previous cases, 36 were of unknown source. Of the linked cases, 58 were infected during gatherings of families and friends.

For the second day in a row, Dr Chuang declined to comment on reports that a team of medical experts from the mainland are in Hong Kong to help prepare for a temporary laboratory that will expand the city’s testing capability.

Chuang said she was not in a position to speak about the team’s work in Hong Kong.
Dr Chuang (left) with Dr Ho says she can't speak about a mainland team's work to help HK test more people 
Reports from Beijing said the experts will help test all of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million population amid the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. But local officials say they will still have to study this prospect carefully.

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Among today’s cases is a doctor at Union Hospital in Taiwai, Shatin, who reportedly did not go to work three days before the onset of symptoms. Chuang said she believes the doctor got the virus from the community as none in his family was infected.

Another doctor who was confirmed as a positive case today worked at the general ward of the Caritas Medical Centre in Shamshuipo. An 87-year-old male patient in the ward tested preliminarily positive, while two other patients there were found infected on Jul 25 and 26.

Dr Sara Ho, chief manager at the Hospital Authority, said the infected doctor ate with three other doctors at the hospital’s canteen, so the close contacts were put under quarantine. Tracing of their contacts is under way, Ho said.

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Among other notable cases were seven linked to the outbreak at the multi-level marketing firm Star Global, which has offices on Argyle Street in Kowloon. One of the patients was found to have been infected on a trip to Cheung Chau with friends from the company.

Chuang said the CHP got more clues from the police who helped investigate the outbreak. Their report indicated scores of sales agents and staff underwent training in the company’s office without wearing masks.

The CHP will be reaching out to the company and quarantine all its personnel.

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Also among the new cases were four workers at a construction site in Sheung Shui, but may not have been from two different contractors. There were four other cases earlier. She said the companies had been asked to cease work and arrange tests for their workers.

There were also new cases linked to the Fulum Restaurant in Tuen Mun and another at the Tao Heung restaurant in Mong Kok.

Two more cases were also reported from homes for the elderly, one of them from the virus-plagued Kong Tai Care for Aged Centre in Tuen Mun, where at least two residents have already died from Covid-19.

At Millennium City in Kwun Tong, an office worker on the 11th floor of the building was confirmed infected a day after a janitor tested positive for Covid-19 on the same floor, said Chuang.

Dr Ho said that for the past 24 hours, 101 patients had recovered and discharged from hospital, bringing the total recovery to 1,959.

There are currently 1,107 patients still confined in 17 public hospitals and at the community treatment facilities at Lei Yue Mun and AsisaWorld-Expo. Of these, 34 are in critical condition, 71 are in serious condition, and 1,032 are in stable condition.

Meanwhile, Ho urged the public to cooperate with hospital staff not just to protect themselves but others as well.
She made the appeal in relation to an incident in Tseung Kwan O Hospital on Saturday where a man who tested positive refused to check in and left against the instructions of hospital staff. Police were informed and a search for him launched. He returned an hour later. 

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