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Expert warns worst is yet to come as unlinked cases continue to surge

02 February 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


Stanley Plaza was less crowded today as health officials warn people to avoid gathering

Health officials have warned of a further surge in Covid-19 infections in the coming days, as a new record of 30 untraceable cases was posted Wednesday, Feb 2.

Speaking at the daily press conference on coronavirus cases, Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said, “We haven’t yet reached the peak, that’s why we must all be very careful and watch the situation closely.”

Including today’s 30 cases, the total number of infections whose sources have yet to be traced has now reached 129.


Dr Chuang reported that 116 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, and 103 of them were local cases.

Thirteen were imported, including an additional seven cases from the virus-infested Nepal Airlines flight that arrived in Hong Kong on Jan 25. Including the 73 previously detected, a total of 80 passengers have now tested positive from that flight, a record in Hong Kong.

While the Omicron continues to be the dominant variant, more Delta cases continue to be found in Hong Kong, with some of them from unknown sources.


According to Dr Chuang, 17 patients carried the mutant strains linked to Delta, while 71 are suspected Omicron cases. The 15 others have yet to be determined pending DNA analysis.

Among the Delta carriers is a 77-year-old woman who is the only patient out of 1,220 still receiving treatment in various public hospitals and infection control centers who is in critical condition.

Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said the woman was in good condition when admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on Jan 24 but her condition has deteriorated since. She suffers from diabetes and has not received any Covid-19 vaccine.


Dr Lau took the chance to again appeal to everyone, especially the elderly who have not been vaccinated, to go get jabbed immediately “to avoid chances of serious complications.”

Latest figures show the number of people who have received the first dose of a vaccine is now at 5,348,780 or 79.4% of the eligible population (not including children aged 5-11).

Meanwhile of the 103 local cases, 73 were linked to previous cases and come from different parts of Hong Kong, but mostly in Kowloon and the New Territories.


Among them are three people who took part in a religious ritual on Jan 28 at a mosque on Cheung Fook Building on Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po called the Hazrat Siddique Akbar Society. The place will be put under a compulsory testing notice.

3 people who took part in the religious ceremony at the mosque on Jan 28 tested positive
Another suspected cluster has emerged at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Shatin where two cases have been confirmed while one is preliminary positive.

The unlinked cases live in Block 5 of Kornhill in Quarry Bay, Third Street in Sai Ying Pun, Cheung Sha Wan, Wong Tai Sin, To Kwa Wan, Lam Tin, Shek Yam Estate, Choi Wan Estate, Tseung Kwan O, Yuen Long, Tuen Mun, Sheung Shui, Sha Tin, Tai Wo and Fanling

·         At least two more housing blocks are being checked for possible transmission in several flats. These are Kwai Foon House in Kwai Fong Estate, Kwai Chung, Hing Ping House in Tai Hing Estate, and Mei Sun Building in Tai Po. Some of the residents in these housing blocks will be moved to a quarantine center as a precaution.

The CHP said that with the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant, residents must comply with social distancing rules and refrain from participating in large gatherings, particularly religious or those involving cross-family activities.

The full details of today’s confirmed cases are here:
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