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Partial evacuation ordered for North Pt building as 60 new Covid-19 cases reported

27 January 2021

By The SUN 

8 confirmed & 5 preliminary cases were found in Tung Fat Bldg in North Point

Thirteen residents of a 56-year-old housing block in North Point have been found infected with Covid-19, triggering a partial evacuation of the building.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said today, Jan 27, that eight people living in Tung Fat building on Kam Ping Street had tested positive, while five were found preliminary positive.

Chuang said there were eight affected flats, which are on different floors. However, seven face the same direction.

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Covered by the evacuation and quarantine order are residents of units six and seven of block C, where all the infected patients live. Experts say residents there share the same narrow light well, which could have caused the virus to spread vertically.

University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung who inspected Tung Fat building earlier today said the ventilation system there is not good.

"If the residents don't open their windows while their exhaust fans are on, the heat wave will easily go up [the light well] and create vertical transmission," Yuen told reporters.

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He also noted that some of the residents had reported an odd smell in their toilets from time to time, and they believe this too, was coming from the light well.

“So we have reasons to believe there is a danger to residents of C-6 and C-7 if they continue to stay there,” said Yuen.

Chuang and Lau in today's Covid-19 press briefing

The coronavirus cases from the building were among 60 reported today, of which all but three were locally acquired. Of the 57 local cases, 21 were of unknown source, while the rest were linked to previous infections.

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The three imported cases were returnees from the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan and the United States.

There were about 40 preliminary positive cases.

Among today’s local cases with unknown sources are six staff of Wing Ming congee shop in Hung Hom, four of whom are from the same family. A seventh preliminary positive case has also been detected there.


Chuang said other staff will be sent to quarantine, and no customers have been found infected so far.

She urged everyone who had been to the congee shop recently to take a test, saying customers were at high risk, given the number of people found infected there.

Dr Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority reported that two patients had passed away in the past 24 hours, including a 56-year-old woman who died shortly after testing preliminary positive for Covid-19.


The woman with chronic illness was rushed to Kwong Wah hospital yesterday morning due to shortness of breath. She suffered a cardiac arrest, and had to be intubated. But after this, her heart rate picked up, so she was transferred to an isolation ward for treatment. Her condition rapidly deteriorated, however, and she died at 4:22pm.

The other casualty was a 67-year-old confirmed male patient who succumbed at 8:26am today at United Christian Hospital.

The deaths brought to 169 the number of confirmed patients who have passed away in public hospitals so far.

Meanwhile, a so-called “ambush lockdown” – or one for which no prior notice was made -was put into effect overnight on two streets in Yau Ma Tei. During the 11-hour lockdown, a total of 330 people were tested for Covid-19, and one positive case was uncovered.

A similar lockdown on an entire block of flats in Jordan was carried out during the weekend. More than 7,000 people were tested, and 13 were found to have the coronavirus.


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