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Covid-19 cases drop to 35, but holiday gatherings may push numbers up again

02 January 2021

By The SUN

Police tell people at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade to keep social distancing

The number of new Covid-19 cases has dropped to 35, the lowest since the fourth wave of infections hit Hong Kong in November last year.

But Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection warned it’s too early for the public to let their guards down because of recent infections related to family gatherings during the recent holidays.

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“Although the overall trend is downwards, we’re still receiving cases due to holiday gatherings in the past few days…we expect the numbers to fluctuate for a while,” she said.

More than 40 preliminary positive cases have been reported so far.

Only one imported case was recorded, involving a new arrival from Indonesia. The local cases included 10 whose sources were unknown, indicating the silent transmission from asymptomatic patients is continuing.

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Hong Kong’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 8,924.

Two new deaths were recorded, an 88-year-old male patient who passed away at 12:44 Saturday morning in Yan Chai Hospital, and a 59-year-old man who succumbed at Queen Mary Hospital at 1:57pm yesterday. They brought to 146 the total deaths from public hospital.

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As of 9 this morning, 741 confirmed patients were being treated in 23 public hospitals and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 49 are in critical condition, 40 are in serious condition and 652 are stable.

Chuang also said two more local patients have been found to have the highly infectious coronavirus variant first seen in the United Kingdom, raising the number with this strain to 10. The new patients are family members who recently returned from the UK.

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Another patient was seen with the South African variant, the second so far. The patient returned to Hong Kong with the man first seen to have the highly contagious variant.

Meanwhile, more cases have been found in public housing estates, causing mandatory tests to be issued to residents of three housing blocks. These include Wah Po House in Sham Shui Po, Chueng Shui House, Shui Pin Wai and Tower 9, Phase 2C of La Splendeur in Lohas Park.

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A total of 46 buildings have so far been added to the list for mandatory testing, which is issued when two unlinked cases are found in a housing block.

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