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3 new local Covid-19 cases today include a paramedic

01 June 2020

By The SUN

The first patient in the cluster remains in critical condition in Prince of Wales Hospital

Hong Kong health officials have urged private doctors to send any patient with respiratory symptoms for Covid-19 testing, after a paramedic who took an infected woman to hospital Saturday was himself found with the coronavirus disease.

The 27-year-old man is the first medical frontliner in Hong Kong to have tested positive for the virus, and is one of three cases reported today, Jun 1, bringing the total tally to 1,087.
At today’s press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the man had performed some procedures on the sick woman, but was only wearing a surgical mask and not an N95 respirator.

Chuang said the paramedic was asymptomatic with a low viral load. She said this was “strange,” as it could mean he had been infected before.

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The 34-year-old woman was taken by an ambulance to Prince of Wales hospital where she remains in critical condition. She and her 56-year-old husband both tested positive yesterday.

Two of the woman’s colleagues, at a Kerry logistics warehouse in Kwai Chung, aged 36 and 40, were found weak positive yesterday, but were today added to the list of confirmed cases. Both reported falling sick toward the end of April.

The source of their infection is still being determined.
 
All 3 women worked at the Kerry food logistics warehouse in Kwai Chung (RTHK photo)

According to Chuang the three women patients all consulted private doctors in Kwai Chung, but were not sent for testing.

Undersecretary for Health Chui Tak-yi said the authorities are concerned about the latest cluster of local infections, which occurred after two weeks of no local transmission.

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He reminded private doctors they should get patients with respiratory problems tested for coronavirus even if their symptoms are mild.

The last local case was reported on May 14, when a 62-year-old man who had no symptoms tested positive after his 66-year-old wife and eight-year-old granddaughter both fell ill, and were found infected.
Tests conducted among more than 1,000 people in their neighborhood yielded no new case. The origin of their infection remains unknown.




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