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Covid-19 tally past 5k mark, with Pinay & Indo DHs among new cases

20 September 2020

 By The SUN

The Indonesian helper visited Mong Kok with 2 friends on Sept 14

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has reached 5,010, with 13 new cases recorded on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Nine of the new cases were imported, including a 45-year-old Filipina who tested positive while on quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Grand in Tsim Sha Tsui.

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But most of the cases were from India, with five returnees aged 17-28 testing positive on arrival at Hong Kong airport. Two came from Argentina, and another from Ukraine.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said that of the four local cases, three were of unknown sources, while one was linked to previous infections.

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One of the new untraceable cases was a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who lives with her employer in Villa Oceania in Ma On Shan.

According to Chuang, the helper mostly stayed at home with her employer, but on Sept 14, went out to shop with two fellow Indonesian helpers in Mong Kok, and ate in Sham Shui Po and Tsim Sha Tsui. She started having symptoms the next day.

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Another was a research assistant at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, who was helping with data entry and analysis of genetic sequencing of the coronavirus.

The 28-year-old woman who lives in Sai Ying Pun did not deal with infectious virus samples, said Chuang, which explained why her case was classified as from an unknown source.

Her infection was detected during weekly screenings of the laboratory researchers. But a colleague who shared a computer was her tested negative.


About 330 specimen bottles had been distributed to other workers in the building where she worked, and six of her friends and colleagues were placed in quarantine after being identified as her close contacts.

The last case of unknown origin was 79-year-old female retiree who lives at Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun. She reportedly visited a shopping centre at Yau Oi Estate during the incubation period before developing a fever on Sept. 11.

Chuang says people must remain vigilant to avoid getting the virus

Chuang said the recurring infections of unknown source show the need for people to remain vigilant.

“From the universal community testing, we understand that there are a certain number of [hidden] cases in the community which are difficult to be picked up, so with the increase in social activities … it is possible that there may be some more cases coming and it is even possible to see a wider spread in the community,” said Dr Chuang.

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She said more than 10 people tested preliminary positive, including some new arrivals.

Including the new cases, a total of 199 confirmed patients are being treated in 19 public hospitals and the community treatment facility in AsiaWorld Expo, while the death toll stands at 103.

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Meanwhile, police conducted spot checks on several bars in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Friday night. About 20 officers inspected bars along Granville Road, Carnarvon Road, Chatham Road and Knutsford Terrace in TST, as well as those in Lan Kwai Fong in Central.

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Bars were allowed to reopen yesterday, but are required to conform to strict distancing rules, like allowing only two guests to sit per table, and with no live shows being held.

According to authorities, about 2,070 inspections were made relating to catering businesses, and 18 reminders were issued.

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