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Covid outbreak found in 4th bar as pub raid nets $1.25 million in fines

03 June 2022

By The SUN


251 people were fined $5k each after being found in the bar that was open at 4am (HK Police photo)

Police raided a Sham Shui Po bar that was operating beyond the 2am closing time Friday, and arrested 251 patrons, who were each made to pay $5,000, netting the government a total of $1,255,000 in fines.

The police operation on the bar at 195 on Tai Nam street was carried out at 4am, following surveillance.

A 44-year-old man surnamed Lam was arrested for operating the bar and breaching  Cap 599F Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation.


Another man surnamed Chan, who is 48 years old, was also arrested on suspicion of violating a correctional order.

The raid was carried out as officials found another Covid-19 outbreak at a bar in Central.

Fourteen people – 11 woman and three men aged between 21 and 32 – have tested positive for Covid-19 after going to Shuffle bar in Lan Kwai Fong between 11pm on May 28 until 2am the next day.

This is the fourth bar in Central where a cluster of cases has been found.

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The new cases were among 499 reported by the Centre for Health Protection at the daily press briefing, which also included 49 brought in from abroad.

CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said one of the sick patrons at Shuffle had been to Zentral, the first bar to be hit by an outbreak. But it’s not clear if this was the cause of the latest outbreak.

Chuang said initial investigations showed some people at Shuffle had danced with their masks off.

14 cases were found at Shuffle bar in Lan Kwai Fong, the 4th bar in Central to be hit by an outbreak

Meanwhile, three more infections were linked to LINQ bar, raising the number of cases there to 23. Chuang said between 150 and 250 people had been to this bar on May 27 and 28, when the virus appears to have spread.

But all environmental samples taken from the bar tested negative, said the CHP.

No new cases were reported in Zentral, where 33 patrons have been found infected, and at Iron Fairies, where 49 customers and two staff have tested positive.

Another untraceable case of the Omicron B.2.12.1 sub-variant was reported, and it involved a student at the Hong Kong Christian Services Times Nursery School.

A fellow student who took a nap beside her during the whole-day class has also tested positive, and further tests will be taken to determine if she also has the sub-variant.

Another student at the Delia School of Canada in Tai Koo Shing where an outbreak of the Omicron strain was found, has tested positive. Three of her family members were all infected with the sub-variant as well.


In all, 12 new cases were reported by 11 schools, involving nine students and three staff from six kindergartens, three primary schools and two secondary schools. 

Of the 49 imported cases, 24 were detected at the airport among travelers who arrived over two days, while 14 were reported during the seven-day quarantine. 

The rest were detected on day 8, 9 or 10, when the patients had to do the PCR test to enter the mainland; while one is believed to have caught the virus in the community.

Chuang said the total tally from the fifth wave now stands at 1,201,561.

She again warned of legal consequences if people made false declarations about positive results from self-tests, as she reported that 49 or 23% of such reports made on May 31 tested negative on confirmatory tests.

Those who had been to the four bars hit by outbreaks should also comply with the compulsory testing notices to avoid having to pay a fixed penalty.

Dr Gladys Kwan of the Hospital Authority reported two more Covid-related deaths, involving two men aged 79 and 87 who both suffered from life-threatening ailments.

They took the death toll in the fifth wave to 9,168.

A total of 362 patients are confined in various public hospitals and treatment facilities. Among them, 12 patients are in critical condition, of whom six are in intensive care. Another seven patients are in serious condition.

In the past 24 hours, 59 patients recovered from Covid and 47 of them were discharged.

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