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New Covid-19 cases include 6 from universal testing and 8 new ones

03 September 2020

By The SUN
4 of the 6 positive cases from the universal testing are previous infections (promo photo)

Six out of the first 128,000 people tested under Hong Kong’s mass screening for Covid-19 tested positive yesterday, according to the city’s health officials. But four of the patients were previously infected and were not considered as new cases.

These are separate from the eight new cases reported today, Sept. 3, which included a 63-year-old woman who was found infected only after she died alone in her house in Shek Kip Mei.

They brought the city’s total tally to 4,839, but with only 279 still being treated in hospital.

Director of Health Constance Chan reported the initial result from the universal community testing which kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at today’s press briefing.

She said that as of 1pm today, about 850,000 had already registered for the mass screening. Of these, 370,000 had already been tested, but most of the samples are still being analysed in laboratories.

Dr Chan repeated the call for the public to join the scheme “to identify the silent carriers, (or) the asymptomatic patients to cut off the transmission chain in the community.”
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said that the four detected as infected from the universal screening had just been released from hospital after testing negative for the virus, and were found to have developed antibodies.

Three of them volunteered to be tested again to get reassurance, while the fourth signed up at the request of her company, prior to her being allowed to resume work.

The two new cases included a 63-year-old man who had stopped working in June, and mostly stayed at his home in Kwai Tsing with his wife and other family members. He sometimes visited the wet markets in Sham Shui Po and Mei Foo.

A pattern has emerged of elderly patients whose main activities include going to wet markets

The other patient is a 22-year-old woman who is unemployed and lives with her family in Siu Hong estate in Tuen Mun. She said she had dined from time to time during the incubation period, but could not remember the details.

Chuang said the patients will be given case numbers tomorrow, when they will be included in the list of new infections.

Of today’s cases, only one is imported. It involves a seafarer who flew into Hong Kong from India via Doha, Qatar.

Four are of unknown source, including the woman who lived alone and was found positive during a post-mortem.

Chuang said inquiries revealed that the woman had consulted a doctor on Aug 28, complaining of swollen legs. The patient was diagnosed with hypertension and referred to a specialist, but she did not go.

Her family members called police when they could not contact her, and she was found dead at home. Lung tissue sample taken from her body during an autopsy at a public mortuary tested positive for Covid-19.

The three untraceable cases include a 66-year-old man who sold Chinese medicine in Yau Ma Tei and lives with his wife in Sau Mau Ping; a 74-year-old woman who lives in Oi Man Estate in Homantin; and a 63-year-old woman who lives in Shek Kip Mei.

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Chuang said all the cases fitted the usual pattern of elderly people, mostly retirees, who did not socialize much, and whose activities mainly consisted of buying food in wet markets. While wet markets may not be the source of the infection, she said the large number of people who gather there could be a risk factor.

The linked cases included two family members, and another carer at Hong Chi hostel for the mentally disabled in Lei Muk Shue, Tsuen Wan, where more than 20 cases have been detected so far.

Today’s eight cases matched the previous day’s number, which was the lowest since July 3.


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