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New surge in cases reported for two Central bars

04 June 2022

By The SUN


LINQ bar on Pottinger Street now has 65 Covid-19 cases (File photo from Timeout)

Health officials have reported a new surge in Covid-19 cases involving two bars in Central where outbreaks were reported in the past several days.

This came as the Centre for Health Protection reported 446 new infections on Saturday, which included 64 imported cases.

The biggest bar surge was at LINQ on Pottinger street, where 44 new cases were uncovered yesterday. They took the total number of infections there to 65, involving 40 males and 25 females.


According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, 55 of the patients had been to the bar on May 28 and the rest, on May 29.

A surge was also recorded in Shuffle bar on Lan Kwai Fong, where 27 new cases were found, taking the total tally to 42. The infected customers comprise 28 females and 14 males.

New cases were also reported from two other bars where outbreaks were reported earlier. Iron Fairies had three new cases, taking the tally there to 53; while over at Zentral on D’Aguilar Street, two more cases were reported, for a total tally of 35.

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Chuang said they are still studying the possible source of the outbreaks at Shuffle and LINQ. But she said genome analysis showed no common source for the spread of the virus at Iron Fairies and Zentral.

She went on to say that more cases could be expected when everyone who had been to the four bars during the dates and times indicated complied with the compulsory testing notice.

The authorities also reported small clusters of infections in some schools, which reported the cases even though it was a holiday yesterday.

These included the Christian and Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Primary School in Tseung Kwan O where five students were found infected.

The other schools affected were HKSPC Operation Santa Claus Fanling Nursery School and Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School in Sha Tin.

One more case of the Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1 was reported, involving a 70-year-old woman who lives in Taikoo Shing and tested positive on May 31.  


Chuang said the source of her infection was unknown, although the sub-variant had spread in various places in the area, particularly at McDonald’s in Cityplaza.

She also reported that 72 of those who reported positive results on rapid tests on June 1 tested negative on confirmatory PCR tests. Some of them had admitted reporting infections from earlier.

Of the 64 imported cases, 30 were detected at the airport – half from nine flights on Jun 3 and the other half from 10 flights on Jun 2.

There were 24 cases detected during hotel quarantine, and 10 involving people who tested positive after ending their isolation.

Meanwhile, no new Covid related death was reported, so the total fatality tally from the fifth wave remained at 9,168.

Dr Gladys Kwan of the Hospital Authority said 351 patients are still being treated in public hospitals and medical facilities, of which 28 are new cases.

Twelve are in critical condition, including six who are in intensive care, while seven are in serious condition. 

In the past 24 hours, 36 more patients recovered from Covid, pushing the number of recoveries so far to 62,838.

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