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2 new imported Covid-19 cases but 8 readmitted to hospitals after testing positive again

25 April 2020

By The SUN

HK has 2 new cases, 8 re-admissions  

Hong Kong ended its one-day reprieve from Covid-19 when it reported two new cases today, Apr 25, both imported from Britain.

The first is an 18-year-old returning student, while the second is a 61-year-old man whose baby granddaughter and domestic helper were found infected with the coronavirus earlier.

The 14-month-old baby girl tested positive on Apr 13, and the DH, two days earlier. They had all flown in from London on Apr 7, and were under quarantine in the flat of the baby’s parents on Old Peak Road in Mid-Levels when the helper was found infected.
The baby and her grandfather were already at a quarantine center when they tested positive.

The latest cases brought the total tally to 1,038 with 725 recovered and discharged. The death toll remains at 4.

Of the 800 residents who flew in yesterday from overseas and were tested at AsiaWorld-Expo, only one was found infected.
At today’s briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-wan of the Centre for Health Protection also revealed that eight patients who had already been discharged were readmitted to hospitals after testing weak positive for the virus again.

Chuang said the Hospital Authority immediately called a meeting with experts, and the majority of these experts said the discharged patients may only contain fragments of the virus “which may not be transmissible.”


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“We have consulted experts who believe the virus could have been left over in the body after treatment and the risk of infection to others is low,” she said.
She said the same phenomenon has been seen in China and South Korea, where it is also believed that the fragments may stay in the body for some time.

But to be on the safe side, she said all eight patients have been readmitted. Health authorities have also checked on their whereabouts after they left the hospital and who their close contacts were.
 
Dr Chuang of CHP and Dr Lau of HA at today's press briefing

As with newly confirmed cases, the patients’ close contacts will be put under quarantine, and all the places they’d been to would be uploaded on the CHP’s website for the information of the public.


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Dr Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, said blood tests will be carried out to track the patients’ recovery, and help experts make a further study on their cases

Chuang said all the patients had sought treatment in hospital for various reasons. “Some with symptoms, some without,” she said.

But she said most of the recovered patients did not move in immediately with their family members, although some had gone to places like supermarkets.

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