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HK records 10 new Covid-19 cases, all but 1 imported

01 October 2020

By The SUN

2 Filipina DHs who flew in separately are among the 10 new cases today (File)


Two Filipina domestic workers - one newly arrived, and another under quarantine - were among 10 new Covid-cases recorded in Hong Kong today, Oct 1. 

Nine of the cases are imported, while the sole local one is a 26-year-old female visitor from Thailand who had been in Hong Kong since mid-March and had stayed in various hotels in Kowloon before testing positive. Her case of infection is unknown.

Another local case is a male nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital who felt unwell on Sept 28, and tested preliminary positive after going for a consultation on Sept 30. Health authorities say there was no evidence he caught the virus in the hospital.

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The new confirmed cases brought the city’s tally to 5,097, with 105 related deaths.

The newly arrived Filipina DH who is 42 years old, flew in via Philippine Airlines flight PR 300 on Sept 29, and was confirmed positive at the airport.

The other one, who is 35 years old, came in aboard Cathay Pacific CX 906 on Sept 22, and tested negative on arrival. But while during quarantine at Harbour Bay Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui she felt unwell and a test showed her infected.

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The biggest number of imported cases came from Britain. The five passengers, aged between 18 and 56, all tested positive on arrival at the airport. Three of them came aboard a direct Cathay flight from London, but traveled separately. The others flew in aboard a Turkish Airlines flight.

The surge in the number of returnees from Britain came just a day before all travelers from the country were required to present a negative result for Covid-19, and stay in hotels during the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Britain became the 11th country to be designated by Hong Kong as “high risk” for the coronavirus.

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The two other imported cases were returnees from France and Dubai.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said the infected Thai visitor had spent her time shopping and dining out with two friends, who have since flown back to Thailand.

“We are still tracing her close contacts, including one or two friends [here] and two more who stayed with her in Hong Kong but have returned to Thailand already,” said Chuang, adding that Thai health authorities would be contacted for follow-up.

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Some reports say the Thai patient stayed at a guest house in Tsim Sha Tsui between August and Sept 26, when she started feeling unwell. She moved to Dorsett Kwun Tong, Hong Kong and Hotel COZi‧ Harbour View respectively between 27th September and 28th September.

All the guests and staff at the hotels will be tested for the virus.

Chuang giving an update on the Covid-19 cases at today's press briefing 


Chuang also disclosed on questioning that all 61 residents and about 70 staff at a Yuen Long elderly home where a 71-year-old resident had been found infected earlier, all tested negative for the virus.

The residents had all been evacuated from the care home while the staff were quarantined as a safety precaution.

Dr Linda Yu, chief manager at the Hospital Authority, meanwhile said the nurse who tested positive at Queen Elizabeth had not been in contact with Covid-19 patients during the incubation period.

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But six of his colleagues who had meals with him would be quarantined for 14 days.

Yu also said that only 118 infected patients remain in public hospitals, of whom 10 are critical, 8 are serious, and 100 are in stable condition.

On Wednesday night, health inspectors carried out spot checks on 19 restaurants and bars in Lan Kwai Fong, Central, to see if they were following social distancing regulations, including seating a maximum of four customers to a table, which should be at least 1.5 meters apart.

The raid led to prosecution proceedings being filed against seven business establishments.

Business owners found guilty of violating the regulations can be fined up to $50,000 and jailed for a maximum period of six months.

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