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Officials warn of legal action vs patients who hide health information

08 February 2021

By The SUN 

159 Reclamation Street, where the 2 patients lived together but hid this from health officials

Residents have been warned against hiding infection-related information, saying they could be prosecuted.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said this as she disclosed that a 32-year-old pregnant woman who hid the fact that she was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient, had come down with the virus.

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The woman and the first patient lived together in a subdivided unit at 159 Reclamation St in Yaumatei.

During compulsory testing ordered for all residents of the building on Jan 31, the earlier patient was found. Nine other people who were staying in adjacent subdivided flats were sent to quarantine as a result.

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“We were told that the previous patient asked the close contact, who was the pregnant woman, to return to the household after everyone had gone,” Chuang said.

The woman who went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for pregnancy check-ups also did not disclose that she had a family member who had caught the virus. After developing a low-grade fever and loss of taste she went to Kwong Wah Hospital on Feb 5 where she tested positive.

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The two patients now face legal action for not disclosing information under the Prevention and Control (of Disease) Ordinance.

"If we have evidence the confirmed case has intentionally refused to disclose all information, and hiding information from us, that may lead to the spread of illness, we may take legal action," Chuang said.

Chuang says anyone who hides information from health authorities may face prosecution

At today’s press conference, Chuang disclosed that the number of coronavirus cases had gone up slightly to 27, and they included three imported cases, all of whom were domestic helpers from Indonesia.


Two of the three Indonesian, aged 41 and 37, arrived in Hong Kong on Feb 5 while the third, aged 32, arrived on Jan 17 and tested positive on the 19th day of her quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Grand Hotel in Tsimshatsui.

Chuang said six of the 24 local cases had untraceable sources. They live in Greenery Place Tower 2 in Yuen Long, Ming Tai House at On Tai Estate in Kwun Tong, Oi Wo House at Tai Wo Estate in Tai Po, Ping Yat House at Yat Tung Estate, Hong Cheung House at Cheung Hong Estate in Tsing Yi, and Block 3 of Grand Palisades in Tai Po.


These buildings will be placed on the compulsory testing list, Chuang said.

Among those linked to previous infections was a close contact of a worker at the third runway project in Chek Lap Kok.

Meanwhile, Dr Sara Ho from the Hospital Authority said that as of 9 am today, 505 confirmed patients were being treated in 24 public hospitals and the Asia World Expo treatment center. Of these, 23 are critical, 24 are serious and the remaining 458 patients are stable.

Ho said one 83-year-old woman at Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan was found to be preliminary positive of the virus during additional screening after being admitted on Feb 5 due to a sustained stomach ache. She has been isolated since.

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Five patients who shared the same ward with the elderly woman were tagged as close contacts and would be quarantined, Ho said. She said no medical staff in the ward was classified as close contact because they all wore protective gear while on duty.

Contact tracing and thorough cleansing and disinfection of the ward are underway. 

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