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CHP official welcomes drop in Covid-19 cases to 25, but urges caution

06 January 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap

Chuang (left), with Ho, says the case drop is a good sign

The Centre for Health Protection’s head of communicable diseases branch Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan has described a record drop in the number of Covid-19 cases as a good sign, but says the unlinked cases continue to cause concern.

Chuang made the statement as she announced that 25 new infections were recorded as of midnight last night, the lowest since the fourth wave of cases peaked about seven weeks ago. Hong Kong now has a total of 9,075 cases.

“We may (still) see some fluctuations during the week. But the overall trend has been decreasing, so this is a good signal,” she said.

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Among the new cases were three imported ones, and 22 which were locally acquired. The local cases include 15 which were linked to previous cases and 7 with unknown sources.

Chuang said there’s still a need to act prudently.

“But still there are quite a number of unlinked cases in the community, so we are not sure whether we’ve picked up all the cases…”

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She announced that the three imported cases included a returnee from India, an air crew from Ethiopia, and a seafarer from Russia. None had the dreaded coronavirus variant first found in Britain.

No new case of the coronavirus variant from newly arrived travelers was reported today

Among the noteworthy local cases were three linked to a new cluster of about a dozen cases that emerged from a construction site in the Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin tunnel. One is a worker and two are close contacts.

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Another confirmed patient is a resident of a mental health facility in Wong Tai Sin, where 37 other patients who lived with him were sent to a quarantine center.

Another case is linked to the Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital.

Dr Sara Ho, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority, disclosed that a radiologist at Tuen Mun Hospital also tested positive for Covid-19. Another staff member was classified as close contact and will be quarantined.

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Ho also said that one female patient died in North Lantau Hospital after being transferred there from Princess Margaret Hospital. The city’s death toll now stands at 150.

As of 9am today, 74 confirmed patients had been discharged from hospitals, raising the number of recoveries to 8,200 patients.

At the same time, 665 patients were still being treated in 22 public hospitals and the community in AsiaWorld-Expo. Of these, 43 are critical, 44 are in serious condition, and 578 are stable. 

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