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7 new Covid-19 cases today, 2 with unknown source

03 October 2020

By The SUN 

Two of the new cases have an unknown source

Hong Kong has reported seven new coronavirus cases today, Oct 3, including a newly arrived Filipina domestic helper.

Four of the new cases are imported, while three were locally acquired, two of which are without a known source of infection.

One of the untraceable cases is a 33-year-old chef who works at the “Mu-ni” Japanese restaurant in IFC mall and lives in Glory House on Gloucester Road, Wan Chai.

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The other one is a 25-year-old nurse who works at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The only case linked to a previous infection is a 38-year-old woman.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable diseases branch at the Centre for Health Protection, said the chef went to work for a few days after developing a fever on Sept 25.

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He eventually visited a private clinic on Sept 30 where he was tested.

Chuang said 13 of his colleagues at the restaurant had been sent to quarantine. Customers who had been to the restaurant after Sept 23 should contact the Department of Health.

“We do not think the chance of transmission through the chef is very big, because he’s responsible for cooking the cooked food not the raw [food] or the sashimi and that kind of food,” she said.

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However, she said they couldn’t be sure because the chef worked for a few days at the restaurant before he was isolated.

“That’s why we still appeal to customers who are worried to get tested.”

Health officials say the nurse did not seem to have been infected at the hospital


As for the male nurse who was reported preliminary positive yesterday, six of his co-workers at the hospital have been put under quarantine. Around 50 patients and 50 hospital staff have been tested.

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Chuang had said earlier that the infection did not seem to have come from the hospital. The patient, who lives in Shamshuipo, reportedly visited friends’ homes on Sept 18 and 20, and had dinner with them.

Apart from the 45-year-old foreign domestic worker who flew in from Manila and tested positive at the airport, the other imported cases are a 54-year-old male returnee from Germany, a 59-year-old man who arrived from the UK, and a six-year-old girl from Nepal.

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The latest cases brought the city's tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases up to 5,104. There have been 105 deaths.

Hospital Authority chief manager Linda Yu said 122 confirmed patients were being treated in 17 public hospitals and at the AsiaWorld-Expo treatment facility. Among them, 10 are critical, eight are serious, and 104 are in stable condition.

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