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Covid outbreaks reported in Sai Wan estate, snooker club

12 May 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Five blocks comprise the Sai Wan public housing estate in Kennedy Town and Mt Davis

Health authorities reported 294 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday, and one related death. 

They also revealed outbreaks of the coronavirus in a public housing estate in Kennedy Town covering five blocks where sewage samples yielded a "very high" viral load; and a billiards club in Hung Hom where 150 people have been issued with compulsory testing notices.

Among the new cases are two men who tested positive after visiting the Sun Mong snooker club on Ma Tau Wai Road late on Monday evening. One of them arrived from the United States on Apr 29 while the other came from the Philippines on Apr 30.


Further checks showed two other men who were recently found to have been infected had been to the billiards club earlier.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said the man from the US developed a sore throat the day after visiting the billiards club and was tested positive for Covid-19 with a high viral load. A self-test showed the customer from the Philippines was also infected.

Chuang said authorities believe the infection had originated from the snooker club, so about 150 other people who had visited the place between 5pm to 12 midnight on Monday have been issued with compulsory testing notices.


She also explained that the Sai Wan estate in Kennedy Town have been locked down from today after sewage samples taken from there showed an unusually high viral load.

Chuang said five residents living on different floors of the West Terrace in the estate had been found infected recently, which could explain the sewage contamination.

"These cases might explain some of the findings in sewage. There may be other cases in that district. That's why there's a restriction testing notice for Sai Wan Estate," she said.


Nearby residents and people who work in the area will be given rapid antigen testing kits so they could test themselves.

The lockdown has prompted the University of Hong Kong which is located partly within the estate, to send out an advisory to students and staff from having lunch in the area or engaging in any mask-off activities for the rest of the week.

Among the residential blocks covered by the CTN are Smithfield Terrace, Smithfield Court, Kwun Lung Lau, The Hudson, Mount Davis 33 and The University of Hong Kong Jockey Club Student Village III.

Government graph shows extensive coverage of the CTN

Among the new cases, 115 were confirmed through PCR tests, and 179 from rapid test results reported to a government platform.

They include 40 imported cases, including 12 who tested positive at the airport. Among them, six arrived on Monday and the other six on Tuesday, traveling on nine flights.

Of the remaining 23 cases, 18 tested positive during hotel quarantine, while five were found infected after leaving isolation.

Three of the latter cases are suspected to be re-positive cases while the two men in the billiards club are believed to have been infected locally.

Chuang said the unusual increase in the number of imported cases is due to the reopening of Hong Kong to residents and tourists alike starting on May 1.

The total tally from the Omicron outbreak now stands at 1,195,034, with 9,143 related deaths, including the additional case reported today.

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