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Metropark Mong Kok under scrutiny as 2 guests get Covid-19

02 September 2020

By The SUN
Two guests at the hotel were found infected, one of them 4 days after he died in hospital
Two elderly men who didn’t know each other but stayed on the same floor of Metropark Hotel in Mong Kok were among the eight confirmed Covid-19 cases reported today, Sept 2. All cases were locally acquired.

One of the men, an 87-year-old waiting to be allowed back to the Mainland, was found to have the virus only after he died on Aug 27. The pathologist who did a post mortem on the remains on Aug. 31 took a sample, and it came out positive for the virus yesterday.

The other man, a 70-year-old retiree who arrived from Taiwan on Jul 17, was tested after developing a cough on Aug 30. He was found to have the virus also yesterday.

The two patients were among four cases with no known source, according to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, at today’s press briefing.

She said results from the universal community testing which began yesterday have yet to be reported to CHP.

The two other untraceable cases today were a 61-year-old man from Ka Tin Estate in Tai Wai, who works as a car mechanic in the area; and a 45-year-old construction worker at Hong Kong Disneyland who lives in Causeway Bay.
The other cases were linked to previous infections.

Two were residents of the Hong Chi hostel for the mentally handicapped in Lei Muk Shue estate in Tsuen Wan, where there are now 20 confirmed cases among both the staff and residents.

The two others were two men who are related to each other, but live in separate houses in Tsuen Wan.
No positive test results from yesterday's start of universal testing have yet been released 
Dr Chuang said relatives of the two patients who lived in Metropark Hotel said the men did not interact each other although they were the only ones on the floor where they stayed.

All 10 other guests at the hotel, as well as the staff, will be tested for Covid-19 to make sure the virus was not spread by an unknown carrier.

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Chuang also said the police and ambulance workers who tried to resuscitate the patient who died will be tested, while mortuary staff who did not wear protective gear when they handled the remains will be quarantined.

But she ruled out any connection between the two infected guests and previous cases linked to a restaurant in the hotel, saying the two men never ate there.

She also said there was nothing unusual about the activities of the two men, as both spent most of the time inside the hotel, and only went out to eat. The younger man also went occasionally to Mong Kok market, and to Choi Hung estate where his mother lives.
Including the hotel guest, three patients passed away from Covid-related illnesses within the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 93.

The two other patients was a 66-year-old man who died in Yan Chai Hospital at 7:55am today, while the other was a 79-year-old man who succumbed to the illness in United Christian Hospital at 8:05am today.

Dr Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority said that of the 4,831 total confirmed cases, only 302 remain in hospital. Among them, 25 are in critical condition, 26 are in serious condition, and 251 are stable.

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