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Filipina, Indon DHs among 56 new Covid-19 cases

09 January 2021

By The SUN 

Both FDHs arrived on Jan 7, one from Manila, the other from Jakarta and Singapore

A total of 56 new Covid-19 cases were reported today, the highest in more than a week.

They comprised 53 local cases and six imported ones, including two domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, who both arrived on Jan 7 and tested positive at Hong Kong airport.

The 40-year-old Filipina flew in aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 906 while the 47-year-old Indonesian was on Singapore Airlines flight SQ822, and came from Jakarta via Singapore.

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The four other imported cases were three returnees from Pakistan, and one from Russia.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection, 33 of the local cases were linked to previous infections, while the 20 others were from unknown sources.

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Chuang said the second consecutive day with a high proportion of unlinked cases may be the result of the long holiday when a lot of people were out, and several invisible transmission had taken place.

More than 20 preliminary positive cases were also recorded.

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Among the new cases were six linked to construction work on a tunnel of the Central- Kowloon route at Ma Tau Kok. Another worker tested positive earlier, making the total infections linked to the cluster at seven.

Everyone who had been at the site between Jan 3 to 9 will have to undergo compulsory testing.

Two patients passed on in Caritas Medical Centre

Meanwhile, Dr Linda Yu, chief manager at the Hospital Authority, reported the deaths of two infected patients, both of whom were at Caritas Medical Centre. An 86-year-old male patient died at 2:17pm, while a 71-year-old patient, also male, succumbed at 2:45am.

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Including the two, a total of 155 confirmed patients have died in public hospitals.

Yu said that as of 9am today, 592 confirmed patients were in 23 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 39 are in critical condition, 44 are serious, and the remaining 509 are stable.

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Two hospital-related infections were also reported. At Kwong Wah Hospital, a 47-year-old male patient tested preliminary positive after being admitted for a headache. One patient has been listed as close contact, while five others have been put under medical observation.

At Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, a 61-year-old female patient who tested negative initially was found infected after admission. Five other patients in the same ward tested negative, while another still needs to be tested.

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