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2 Filipinos, 1 Indonesian among 90 new HK coronavirus patients

03 December 2020

By The SUN 

Two Filipinas and 1 Indonesians tested positive on arrival at HK Airport

Two new arrivals from the Philippines and another from Indonesia national were among 11 imported cases reported today, Dec 3, as health officials confirmed 90 more coronavirus patients, lifting Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally to 6,590.

Thirty-one cases, or a third of the day's infections, were of unknown sources, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said in the daily press briefing. The number was the highest since Aug 13, when 33 were reported.

Chuang warned that the large number of patients with unknown infection sources showed a lot of silent transmission in the city.

Pindutin para sa detalye

“There are silent carriers in the community and they might have infected others through other means. For example, they go to the same restaurants or same markets. It’s very difficult for the general public to identify them and come forward for testing,” she said.

She said there were 48 cases that were linked to previous cases, including 21 new infections in the dance club cluster.

Fears of a further spread of the virus mounted as an 82-year-old woman patient at Princess Margaret Hospital who tested negative when she was admitted more than two weeks ago, tested preliminary positive as she was about to be discharged.

An elderly patient at Princess Margaret Hospital who tested preliminary positive is causing concern

The woman stayed at an elderly care home in Kwai Shing before she was admitted to hospital. More than 200 residents and staff at the care home will now have to be tested.

The hospital said tonight the elderly patient was immediately transferred to the isolation ward for treatment and is now in stable condition.

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Contact-tracing by the hospital’s infection control team found out 33 patients who had stayed in the same cubicle of the medical wards with the woman are classified as close contacts. They included four patients who passed away due to underlying illnesses.

Fourteen in-patients of Princess Margaret and one patient who is staying in North Lantau Hospital had been isolated and tested but their results were negative.

PINDUTIN PARA SA DETALYE

Five more cases were linked to a construction site at Lohas Park and two to an outbreak at the Fong Shu Chuen Day Activity Centre & Hostel, and one at Pak Lok Nursing Hoe Nursing Home in San Po Kong.

Apart from the two Filipinas (one returnee and the other, a domestic worker) and the Indonesian (also a domestic worker), the other imported cases involved three returnees from Nepal, two from Pakistan, and one each from Russia, France and Japan.

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As at 9am today, 29 Covid-19 patients were discharged from public hospitals said Dr Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, raising to 5,423 the total number of patients to have recovered.

A total of 928 confirmed patients are confined in 21 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Twenty-one patients are in critical condition, 17 in serious condition and 890 in stable condition. 

Health expert says $10k fine unfair to poor, including migrant workers

 
Meanwhile, Dr Leung Chi-chiu, an infectious disease expert, said a government plan to raise fines to $10,000 from the present $2,000 for people who breach anti-epidemic rules is unfair to the poor, such as migrant workers.

“$2,000 may not be a small amount for segments of our society with low income, especially for our foreign helpers,” Leung was quoted by RTHK as saying.

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He said jacking up the fine to a level that makes it difficult for domestic workers to pay raises “a question of whether we’re fair to them because they would be selectively prosecuted.”

Stronger law enforcement is the better solution as many venue owners flout the rules after inspection officers leave, Leung said.

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