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Warning against family gatherings as 81 new Covid-19 cases found

30 January 2022

By The SUN

Chuang says 2 family gatherings last Sunday ended in 20 people getting Covid-19

Two days before the start of the Lunar New Year, an official of the Centre for Health Protection has reiterated a warning against family gatherings involving different households, which is a common local practice at this time of the year.

Speaking at today’s press conference where she announced that 81 new Covid-19 cases were detected overnight, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said two cross-family gatherings held on Jan.23 each involving a dozen or so people, resulted in 10 attendees getting infected in each group.

However, she declined to give any more details, saying she wished to just give an example of what could happen in such settings.

“This coming Lunar New Year, I understand many families would like to get together. I just want to say, be careful especially if there are elderly people involved or some people are not vaccinated. There may be some complications,” she warned.


The same warning has been issued repeatedly by other health officials, particularly the Secretary for Health Prof Sophia Chan.

More than 1,000 patients are now confined at various public hospitals across HK

Meanwhile, Hospital Authority chief manager Dr Sara Ho also warned about the rise in the number of people getting hospitalized for Covid-19.

She said the number of people confined in various infection units and public hospitals has now climbed to 1,002, although all are in stable condition.


The number of patients getting discharged each day continues to be just a fraction of the daily hospital intake. In the past 24 hours only 23 patients were discharged while 120 people were confirmed positive for the coronavirus yesterday.

Dr Chuang said that of the 81 new cases, 77 were locally acquired while four were imported. Among the local cases 62 were linked to previous infections while 15 are unlinked.

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About 70 preliminary positive cases have been reported.

While no new cases were detected in units not previously associated with a positive case in Kwai Chung Estate, Chuang said a cluster of cases has emerged from three housing blocks. These are  Yau Lai Estate in Yau Tong and Shek Yam East Estate in Kwai Chung and Tivoli Gardens in Tsing Yi.

A number of units had to be evacuated in each of these housing blocks where environmental contamination is suspected to have occurred.


Of today’s 15 unlinked cases, the majority involved the Omicron variant, and the rest, Delta.

Dr Chuang said they live in various places, including Tsz Wan Shan and Wong Tai Sin for the Delta cases; and Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwai Ching, Tai Wo Hau, Sha Tin, Tai Po, To Kwa Wan, Tung Chung and Kwun Tong for Omicron carriers.


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