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HK logs highest number of untraceable cases

01 February 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


CE Lam visits contract tracing offices in Mong Kok and Kai Tak amis surge in unlinked cases 

Hong Kong has recorded 22 new untraceable cases, the biggest ever in a single day since the Omicron-fueled fifth wave of the coronarivus contagion started. They were among 129 new infections reported by health officials on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said that there are now 98 unlinked cases, suggesting that “there is still quite a number of invisible transmissions going on in the community.”

She did not mention specific cases, but said the patients with unlinked infections live in Sai Ying Pun, Tai Hong Estate, To Kwa Wan, Sham Shui Po, Hunghom, Cheung Sha Wan, Tsuen Wan, Shek Lei II Estate, Shek Yam East Estate, Yuen Long, Shatin, Tuen Mun and Tai Po.

The disclosure came after Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited the government's con


tact tracing offices in Kai Tak and Mong Kok and thanked staff there for working even during the Lunar New Year holidays.

Around 400 staff work at the two offices, and they have so far traced 31,000 close contacts of confirmed patients who had to be put under quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading further.

2 previously unlinked cases at the airport have been traced to the virus-plagued Nepal Air flight

At least two previously untraceable cases, those involving two airport cleaners, have now been linked through genomic sequencing to a virus-plagued flight from Kathmandu, Nepal that arrived on Jan 25.

The number of infected passengers on the RA 409 flight operated by Nepal Airlines rose to a whopping 73 today, with eight more infections confirmed today.


Also among the 27 imported cases today are four foreign domestic workers – three females who flew in from Indonesia aboard CX796 on Jan 28, and a male helper who came from the United Arab Emirates via EK384 on Jan. 25.

Another passenger flight from Jakarta, GA876 operated by Garuda Indonesia, was today suspended from flying to Hong Kong after three of its passengers on Jan 30 tested positive on arrival. The suspension will last until Feb 14.

Of the 129 positive cases reported today, 84 have symptoms while 45 are asymptomatic.


Dr Chuang said more than 90 preliminary positive cases have been reported, indicating the fifth wave of infections is far from over.

Among the 102 local confirmed cases, nine carried the L452R mutant strain of the Delta variant, 81 had the Omicron strains while 12 are either awaiting results or the sample is too little for testing.

Among the Delta carriers are a person who lives in Tai Wo Estate and works in Lam Tin, and another who lives in Yau Tong and works in Chai Wan.


More vertical transmissions in residential blocks have been detected, necessitating the evacuation of some residents.

These include Tsui Wo House, Tai Wo Estate, Tai Po where residents on the 23rd and 24th floor have to be evacuated.

Also affected is Ming Lai House in Choi Wan Estate in Wong Tai Sin where three infections in number 16 units were found. Those living in units 16 and 17 on all floors will have to be evacuated as a result.


Today’s confirmed cases took Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally to 13,829, of which 1,103 are still being treated at infection control centers and public hospitals.

Further details of the cases are here:


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