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28 new cases today; 1 local, the rest imported

01 July 2020

By The SUN
Aerial shot of Tai Wai housing estates (photo by Wing in Wikipedia)

Hong Kong has recorded its first local Covid-19 case in more than two weeks today, July 1, along with 27 others who recently arrived from overseas.

The local patient is a 46-year-old woman from Tai Wai who has no recent travel history, but may have caught the coronavirus from her husband or her son who tested positive yesterday (Tuesday) at the end of their quarantine period after arriving from the United States.

The new cases brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 1,233.

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the latest cases involve 12 males and 16 females, aged three to 46. Of the 27 new arrivals, 25 came from India, one from Indonesia, and the last from Kazakhstan. Most, or 19, of the new arrivals are asymptomatic.

The patient in what appears to be a locally acquired transmission developed a fever and a cough on Friday, and consulted a private doctor in Lam Tin on the same day.

She lives with her 59-year-old husband and her 19-year-old son in Mei Sau House, Mei Tin Estate in Tai Wai.
The two men returned to Hong Kong on Jun 17 and had been under compulsory home quarantine when they tested positive.

The woman has been listed as a local case, but with epidemiological links to imported cases.

The CHP said the woman had been to a wet market in Tai Wai and a supermarket in Mei Tin Estate before being admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital.

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As a precautionary measure, the CHP has distributed specimen bottles to residents of Mei Sau House, starting today.

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