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More Covid-19 outbreaks in Yau Tsim Mong trigger partial lockdown, evacuation

22 January 2021

By The SUN

Residents in flats C of Kensington Plaza in Jordan will be evacuated

People living in flats C at Kensington Plaza on Parkes Street, Jordan are expected to be evacuated shortly, after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the building.

At least 10 people in five different units of the housing block, all but one facing the same direction, have tested positive for the virus.

Pindutin para sa detalye

There are also reports that authorities are planning to seal off 150 buildings in the Yau Tsim Mong (Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok) from midnight tonight, allowing only those who are able to show a negative test result for Covid-19 to leave.

The news came as 61 new Covid-19 cases were reported today, Jan 22, including 24 from Yau Tsim Mong. Of the new infections, 55 were locally acquired, and six were imported.


More than 50 preliminary positive cases were also recorded.

The imported cases included three Indonesian domestic workers who just flew in from Jakarta, aged 35 to 47. A 31-year-old Filipina domestic worker who just arrived from Manila also tested positive.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The two others were returning residents: a 24-year-old man who came from Switzerland, and a 32-year-old man from India.

Of the local infections, 26 had no known source.

Dr Yuen says leaking pipes must have caused the virus to spread in the Jordan block

Leading microbiologist Yuen Kwok-hung who inspected the building in Jordan late in the afternoon Friday said there was a chance leaking sewage pipes was transmitting the virus through the flats.


Another possibility was the “chimney effect,” where contaminated air is sucked upwards, then blown into flats on higher floors.

Yuen, however, said there was no need to evacuate other buildings in the housing block as of now.


Earlier, infectious disease expert Leung Chi-chiu urged the government to expand mandatory testing in Yau Ma Tei, but said it was pointless to impose a lockdown on residents until they test negative for the virus.

“There is no point in sealing off the designated area now, as most people there have been tested. So even if one or two (infections) were not detected, the risk of spreading to the whole of Hong Kong is low,” said Leung.


But he said residents should be encouraged to get tested more than once, especially if they develop symptoms, and for the hygiene conditions in the area to be improved.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said at today’s press briefing on the coronavirus situation that more residential blocks in Yau Tsim Mong have been added to the compulsory testing list, after at least one confirmed case was reported from each of the buildings there.

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Mandatory testing was also ordered for residents of four residential blocks in Tseung Kwan O, Yuen Long and Chai Wan, where at least two unlinked cases have been reported in each building.

As at 9am today, 718 confirmed patients were being treated in 24 public hospitals and the treatment facility in AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 34 are in critical condition, 30 are serious, and 654 patients are stable.

One patient passed away in the past 24 hours, raising the city’s death toll from Covid-19 in public hospitals to 164. The 66-year-old female patient was declared dead at 12.42pm today at Princess Margaret Hospital.


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