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CE to skip Olympics opening as local spread of coronavirus continues

31 January 2022

 By Daisy CL Mandap


CE Lam worries about the local spread of Covid-19, with many cases unlinked

Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she has cancelled plans to travel to Beijing for Friday’s opening of the 2022 Winter Olympics, as the number of locally acquired Covid-19 cases continues to rise.

The Centre for Health Protection announced 92 new confirmed infections on the eve of the Lunar New Year, with 80 of them local transmissions, and the 12 others imported.

Thirteen of the cases are untraceable, reinforcing fears that many silent transmissions of the virus are going on in the community.


Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, CE Lam said she decided to forego attending the opening ceremonies for the Olympics as the city’s pandemic situation has “reversed,” meaning there are more local cases now than imported ones.

CE Lam called the press briefing to reveal the results of an investigation she ordered into whether any of the 15 government officials who attended the Jan 3 party of Natioal People’s Congress deputy Witman Hung had violated health protocols.

Before she spoke, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui tendered his resignation and the CE accepted it.


Tsui was one of two officials who stayed on at the party after 9:30pm, when an infected guest arrived. He admitted to not wearing a mask when he talked to other guests.

Caspar Tsui has resigned after being found to have violated gathering restrictions

Two other officials, Allen Fung and Vincent Fung, were given warnings for their behavior.

Meanwhile, the CHP reminded residents to keep pouring water into their toilet drains to prevent possible transmission within their residential blocks.

CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said, “We are now seeing more horizontal and vertical transmissions. In a densely populated place like Hong Kong this is inevitable.”

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However, she said this can be avoided if people poured water regularly into the U-trap drains in their flats especially if their windows are closed, to prevent virus-laden air from spreading to other units through these routes.

Among the buildings where environmental contamination is suspected are:

 - Hong Tim House in Tsz Hong Estate, where 6 units are affected;

 - On Kwai House in Kwai Fuk Court where 8 units are affected and all residents living in 08 flats from 1st to 4th floor need to be evacuated


- Kwai Yan House in Kwai Fong Estate where 6 units above the 14th floor need to be evacuated

- Ming Lai House in Choi Wan II Estate where three 05 units on the 10th floor are affected

- There could also be transmissions at Tsui Wo House in Tai Wo Estate, and the CHP has gone there to investigate.

Cases involving both the Omicron and Delta variants are being found across the city

New clusters of infection have also been detected, including four confirmed and one preliminary positive case at the Shatin Methodist College. Twelve people work together there, and those who have not been infected will be moved to a quarantine centre.

Another three people working at the Bank of China in Trend Plaza in Tuen Mun also tested positive. Chuang said the patients ate together.

Of the 13 cases classified as unlinked, two involved the Delta variant and 10, the Omicron. A sample from the last one has yet to be taken and tested.

The two Delta patients involved a 45-year-old man who works in a kitchen at Lok Fu Plaza and lives in Choi Wan Estate. The other is a 69-year-old retiree who lives in Choi Fung Estate.

The Omicron carriers included a worker at the third runway at Hong Kong Airport and lives at Shek Lei Estate II. Two of his colleague tested preliminary positive, so about 20 other workers there will be moved to Penny’s Bay.

Three people working in Po Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O have also tested positive. Two are confirmed cases while one is preliminary positive.

The other cases involved a wide cross-section of the population. There was a 50-year-old homeless woman with a registered address in Sham Shui Po, a 9-year-old who lives in To Kwa Wan, and various people who live in Tsuen Wan, Kwai Fong, Fanling, Kwai Ching and North Point.

About 95 preliminary positive cases have so far been detected, including a worker at an elderly home in Fung Yam House in Sheng Kung Hui. Some residents there may need to be evacuated.

The city’s confirmed infection case now stands at 14,197, with 213 related deaths.

According to Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority, a total of 1,031 patients are still receiving treatment in the three government infection control centers as well as public hospitals. 


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