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HK reports 112 new Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths

04 December 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

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Hong Kong health officials have warned that the worst is far from over in the city’s fourth wave of the coronavirus outbreak, as the day’s tally surged past the hundredth mark again today, Dec 4.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said there were 112 new Covid-19 cases, 100 of them locally acquired.

There were also two deaths over the past 24 hours. The first was an 82-year-old woman who passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the second was a 38-year-old man who succumbed to the disease at Queen Mary Hospital, the city’s youngest casualty of the virus.

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They were the 110th and 111th deaths out of 6,702 cases confirmed so far in Hong Kong.

Chuang said that of the new cases, 36 had unknown sources, while 64 cases had links to previous infections.

More than 80 preliminary positive cases were also recorded today.

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Chuang said nine more employees and a family member were linked to the Fong Shu Chuen Day Activity Centre & Hostel cluster, bringing the total to 43 residents, 11 staff and one family member.

Among these cases, two were students at Pentecostal Holiness Church Wing Kwong College and Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club College.

“We will invite the teachers and students of the two schools to take the test and face-to-face teaching will also be suspended,” Chuang said.

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Five more workers and two family members were linked to the construction site at Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, Chuang said. This brought the total cases linked to that cluster to 27 workers and five family members.

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She also said 17 additional cases were added to the dance cluster, while at Ho Yuk Ching Willow Lodge in Tai Kok Tsui, two staff and two residents tested positive. Two more preliminary cases were also recorded, she said.

Another taxi driver, with vehicle license plate VF 4177, has also tested positive, she said.

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Twelve imported cases were also reported, including an Indonesian domestic helper who tested positive while in quarantine. She arrived on Nov 20 and was found infected after a second test, 12 days after her arrival.

The other imported cases were a woman from Russia, two men from India, and a woman from Pakistan who all arrived Dec 2; a man and woman from the United States and another woman from Pakistan who flew in Dec 3; and two men who arrived from the US on Dec 1.

Two men who arrived separately from India and Turkey on Nov 20 tested positive yesterday a day before they were set to end their 14-day hotel quarantine.

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Dr. Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, said that as of 9am today, 42 confirmed patients had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 5,465.

He said 978 patients were still being treated in 21 public hospitals and at the community facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 23 are in critical condition, 21 in serious condition, and 934 in stable condition.

Lau said a 53-year-old woman tested preliminarily positive at The Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital, where a nurse tested positive earlier. CHP is tracing the patient’s close contacts.

In Tuen Mun, a 76-year-old man was admitted to the Emergency Room at Pok Oi Hospital, where he tested preliminarily positive yesterday. Five patients and a nurse in the same ward were listed as close contacts.

 

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