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Two newly arrived FDHs among 12 new cases reported today

15 October 2020

By The SUN

8 new arrivals, including an FDH each from the Philippines and Indonesia, are among the new cases

Twelve new Covid-19 cases were reported today, Oct. 15, after a one-day lag in reporting due to the hoisting of typhoon signal no 8 last Tuesday.

Eight of the new cases were imported, including two newly arrived domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia, aged 34 and 37, respectively.

The six others included four returnees from Nepal who all tested positive on their second test while under quarantine, and two new arrivals from France.

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The four local cases included two with unknown sources, including the 35-year-old clarinetist of Hong Kong Philharmonic who tested preliminary positive on Tuesday.

More than 90 of his close contacts, who included his fellow members in the orchestra and his family members, have been sent to a quarantine center. But according to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, no other positive test result has yet emerged from this cluster.

The other untraceable case was a 73-year-old businessman living in Fei Ngo Shan who was asymptomatic but tested positive after being admitted to Union Hospital in Tai Wai for a surgery on Monday.


Dr Chuang said that during the incubation period, the patient had a meal at the Japanese restaurant, Zuma, at the Landmark in Central, along with his wife and a friend.

He also visited the Kowloon Cricket Club, prompting health officials to distribute 200 specimen bottles to staff and guests at the facility.

Two close contacts of patients previously found infected, a three-year-old girl and a 66-year-old woman, have also tested positive for the disease.

The complete list of the new cases can be found here:

Chui called on private doctors to test even those with mild Covid symptoms

At the start of today’s press health briefing, Undersecretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi called on private doctors to help detect new infections by testing even those with mild symptoms.

Dr Chui cited the case of an 86-year-old man who was found to have Covid-19 earlier this week after getting tested in Tseung Kwan O Hospital, , even if he had visited a private clinic twice previously.

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He said private doctors should raise their “index of suspicion” to help in the early detection of the disease.

"When they present similar symptoms that share with many other common diseases, the clinicians could also consider Covid-19 as one of the differential diagnoses and order the relevant investigation, that is the Covid-19 tests," he said.

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Hong Kong has so far recorded 5,213 coronavirus cases, with 105 related deaths.

A total of 126 confirmed patients are being treated in 18 public hospitals, 12 of them in critical condition, 6 in serious condition, while the remaining 108 are stable.

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