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Health officials report 20 preliminary Covid-19 cases in HK, say it's ‘worrying’

19 November 2020

 By Daisy C L Mandap

The Starlight Dance Club in Wanchai linked to 1 confirmed and 5 preliminary cases


Hong Kong health officials have reported about 20 preliminary positive, mostly local cases of Covid-19 today, Nov 19, and said “the trend is worrying.”

Dr Wong Ka-hing, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, said at today’s press briefing that the preliminary cases were found in many districts and across different sectors in the city.

They include five patrons of a dance club, a man with disability and his elderly relative, a construction worker who went on a hotel staycation, two housewives, a taxi driver who shared his cab with two other drivers, a security guard, and a male expatriate.

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If the preliminary positive cases are eventually confirmed, Wong said that would indicate that a silent transmission was on the rise in the community, and that the pandemic was on the rebound.

These cases were apart from 12 confirmed infections today, four of which were locally acquired, two with unknown source.

Among the two local cases with unknown sources today was 75-year-old businesswoman who went to the Starlight Dance Club on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai on Nov 14. Five preliminary cases have also been reported from this venue.

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Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of CHP’s communicable diseases branch, said the government was still getting more information about the place, including how many people were there on the day the patient visited, and whether live music was performed.

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What they do know for now is that the dance studio measured 4,000 square feet, and had tables where two people sat together. At least two instructors there were also said to have taught at another studio called Heavenly Dance in Sheung Wan.

The other local case with unknown source was a 65-year-old female retiree who lives in Tai Kok Tsui with her family. She felt unwell on Nov 14, and tested positive on Nov 17. She had meals with four friends on Nov 10 and one other friend on Nov 12.

The two other locally acquired cases were linked to previous infections. They were a 74-year-old woman who lives in Shatin, and a 5-month-old baby boy who was linked to an imported case, and whose stool sample revealed his infection.

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Among the eight imported cases was a 35-year-old Filipina domestic worker who flew in from Manila on Nov 17 on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 906.

The others were a 47-year-old cargo crew from the United States; a 52-year-old pilot who also arrived from the US via South Korea; a 13-year-old boy from the United Kingdom; a 19-year-old male who also came from the UK but tested positive while in quarantine; and three returnees who flew in from India on two different dates – an 11-year-old boy, 30-year-old woman and 75-year-old man.

The CHP gave the following details of some of the preliminary positive cases:

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-        A 37-year-old man with special learning needs and his 73-year-old relative. Seven students and other staff members who had used the same room as the disabled man at the Fu Hong Society Leung King Adult Training Centre would be quarantined. More than 40 other students and 20 staff members would be tested. The facility will also be closed temporarily;

-        A 63-year-old daytime cab driver who shared his taxi with a night driver and a substitute driver;

-        A 27-year-old man who lives in Ho Man Tin with family members who also tested preliminary positive. He works at a construction site in Yuen Long with around 12 others in the same team, who have all been sent for testing. After developing symptoms, he went to the Olympian Hong Kong Hotel on Nov 17 for a staycation that lasted until early the next day;

-        A 61-year-old female security guard who lives with her family in Shatin;

-        Two housewives – one who lives in Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok and the other in Braemar Hill Garden in North Point, and a foreign national who had been in Hong Kong since January.

Hong Kong recorded 5,491 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Thursday, with 108 related deaths.

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