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New Covid-19 cluster found as CHP probes private kitchen outbreak

17 May 2022

By The SUN


CHP says about 40 dined at Imperial Kitchen, located in this industrial building in Kwun Tong

Health officials say they are looking into whether any of the patients linked to a coronavirus  outbreak in a private kitchen in Kwun Tong has violated anti Covid regulations by providing authorities with false information.

At the regular press briefing on Tuesday, the Centre for Health Protection also reported a new restaurant outbreak, involving the TamJai Yunnan Mixian in Tung Chung.

CHP’s Dr Albert Au said three customers who didn’t know each other but sat quite close to one another while having lunch last Wednesday all came down with coronavirus. He said one of the patients was already feeling sick when he went to the restaurant.


Au reported 328 new infections, which took the total tally from the Omicron outbreak to more than 1.193 million. No new death was announced.

He also said an investigation is being carried out into whether some of the 20 people who caught Covid-19 after visiting Imperial Kitchen in Kwun Tong had deliberately misled them.

The first patients in the cluster told authorities that they had been to the private kitchen for just a few minutes to buy food, but Au said this did not make sense, given the number who were infected.


After the CHP began questioning those in the list of people who had been to the place at the time in question, it emerged that a big group had gathered there to eat and drink.

"Some then told us that there were around 40 people together at the private kitchen, some of them don't know each other," he said.

Nine more cases were added to the cluster today, raising the total number of infections so far to 19 diners and one staff member.


But among the recent case, the biggest outbreak happened at the Sky City Cuisine in Sheung Wan where 64 cases have now been confirmed. An additional eight cases - five customers and three staff – were added to the list today.

Separately, one more case was linked to the Sun Mong snooker club in Hung Hom, raising the total infections there to 15.  A 56-year-old male customer tested positive yesterday after complying with a compulsory testing notice.

Those infected include 13 customers and two staff members.

At the same time, 20 more cases were reported from 20 schools, involving two kindergartens, seven primary schools, nine secondary schools, and one special school. 

According to Au, four new imported cases involving the new Omicron BA.4 variant have been found through genome sequencing.

The patients are three men and one woman who came from the United States and Canada.

There are now seven patients who came from overseas who have been found to carry the Omicron sub-variant.

The day’s 39 imported cases, meanwhile, include 23 who were detected at Hong Kong Airport. They had flown in from various countries including the United States, United Kingdom,  Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Canada, Iceland, and India.

Eleven of them were confirmed during the seven-day hotel quarantine.

Dr Lau Ka-hin, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority said that as there were no additional Covid-related death yesterday, the city’s death tally remains at 9,148.  

Of the 686 patients receiving treatment at public hospitals and infection control facilities, 10 are in critical condition and 15 are in serious condition.

Also undergoing treatment is a female patient in the severely mentally handicapped unit of Siu Lam Hospital who developed a fever on May 14 and tested positive later.

Seven patients staying in the same room have been listed as close contacts.

The hospital subsequently learned that a staff attending to patients had tested positive for Covid, so authorities are now looking into a possible connection between the two cases.

The hospital has since suspended the admission of new patients 
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