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Stay at home to help make universal testing work, health official says

22 August 2020

By The SUN

Dr Chuang says people should stay at home to help the universal testing work

Hong Kong health officials reported 26 new Covid-19 cases today, Aug 22, in what appears to be a continuing downward trend for the spread of the coronavirus in the city.

But Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection again warned the outbreak has yet to be brought under control, so people should continue to be cautious.
“The overall trend has been slowly decreasing, but I think it’s a bit static in the recent few days. We still have quite a number of unknown cases in the community,” Chuang said at today’s daily briefing.

She again advised residents to stay at home as much as possible and avoid gathering with people outside of their immediate family, especially if they recently submitted tests.



This is to help ensure the success of the universal testing which is due to start on Sept 1, which  is meant to flush out asymptomatic carriers who could be behind the so-called invisible transmissions in the community.

Her call came as the city notched the 20th day since its daily Covid-19 tally fell below 100. The total number of infections rose to 4,657, while the death toll went up to 76 after an 82-year-old female patient succumbed to the disease in Prince of Wales this afternoon.
All but two of the new cases were local transmissions, with seven of them of unknown source.

The two babies among today's cases flew in on Aug 14 aboard a virus-plagued Air India flight  
The two imported cases were both babies who were on board the Air India flight 314 which arrived in Hong Kong on Aug 14. They brought to 19 the total number of infections from that flight, which prompted Hong Kong authorities to impose a two-week ban on the airline.

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Two other cases were detected from the targeted testing conducted on workers at the Kwai Chung container terminal. One of the patients is a shipping clerk, and the other, a crane operator. Neither is connected to Wang Kee company, where more than 50 cases have been linked.



Among the cases with unknown source is a taxi driver.



Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said only 556 confirmed patients are still in 19 public hospitals and at the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Of these, 29 are in critical condition, 37 are serious and 490 are stable.

The two doctors reiterated the call of government officials to take part in the universal testing which is due to take place on Sept 1-7, saying this is the best way to keep the infection under control.
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