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HK’s total Covid-19 cases top 10k, one year after first case detected

23 January 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Man from Wuhan who arrived Jan 22 last year was HK's first coronavirus case  

Exactly a year since the first coronavirus case was recorded in Hong Kong, the city’s tally from Covid-19 has gone past the 10,000 mark.

Health officials reported 81 new cases today, Jan 23, pushing the total count to 10,009. But only 731 infected patients are still being treated in 24 public hospitals and the community facility in AsiaWorld Expo.

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Hong Kong’s first case was recorded on this day last year, after a 39-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived via high-speed train from Wuhan and Shenzhen, tested positive a day after arrival.

Asked to assess the city’s response to the pandemic, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said it had been a difficult year for everyone.


“The one-year battle has not been easy, not just for Hong Kong, but for the whole world, too,” she said. “We adopted a lot of unprecedented measures, everyone experienced unprecedented situations. No one would ever have expected flights to be halted and borders to be closed. We are all learning from the experience.”

Dr Chuang said people should continue paying attention to their health even after testing negative for Covid-19, and should immediately seek medical help if they experience symptoms.

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Speaking about the new surge in cases, she said the number will continue to rise because of enhanced testing, especially in parts of Kowloon where several outbreaks have been reported.

“We expect the daily number of cases to get more and more in the coming days because of the enhanced testing in the restricted area, and because there is still a significant silent transmission in the community,” she said.

Today's press briefing on Covid-19, exactly a year since HK's first case was reported

Of today’s infections, 78 were locally acquired, including 21 from virus-plagued Yau Tsim Mong district in Kowloon, and six from adjoining Sham Shui Po, parts of which have been put as designated areas for compulsory testing.


An entire block of flats in Jordan, which is part of the Yau Tsim Mong district, was today put under the city’s first lockdown, and everyone there was told to undergo testing by midnight tonight, and remain at home until the results are known.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam the move was taken after 162 Covid-19 cases were found in the area, and 90% of sewage samples taken from there showed the presence of coronavirus.

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More than 70 preliminary positive cases were recorded today, so tomorrow’s tally is projected to be around the same number as today’s.

Of the three imported cases reported today, one involved a 65-year-old Indonesian worker who tested positive on her second test, while in hotel quarantine.

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The two others both flew in on Jan 21. One is a 37-year-old Filipina domestic worker who came aboard a Cebu Pacific flight from Manila, and the other is a 23-year-old male returnee from Switzerland who traveled on Qatar Airways.


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