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43 buildings in HK tagged for mandatory testing; 54 new Covid-19 cases found

30 December 2020

By The SUN 

Kwai Shing House in Lam Tin is one of the 43 buildings where tenant must go for tests

Persons who were present in 43 premises across Hong Kong for more than two hours at any time between Dec 17 and Dec 30 have to undergo compulsory coronavirus nucleic acid test by Jan 4 next year, the government announced this evening.

The buildings were identified for mandatory testing after at least two unlinked Covid-19 cases were reported from each of the blocks. The full list of the subject premises is here: https://gia.info.gov.hk/general/202012/30/P2020123000763_357553_1_1609329893446.pdf

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The move comes as 54 new cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed today, Dec 30, by Hong Kong health officials. Three more patients died of the disease in hospitals.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, said seven cases were imported while 47 were locally acquired. Of these, 13 had no known sources.

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Today’s new cases brought the total tally in Hong Kong to 8,779 while the new deaths pushed up the toll in hospitals to 142.

Chuang said 23 of the new cases were men and 31 were women. They were aged from 5 years to 91 years. She said 16 were detected in community testing centers. More than 50 preliminary positive cases were also detected, she added.

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A Health Department information staff said two of the imported cases were a 5-year-old boy and a 40-year-old woman who both arrived from Britain on Dec 21. They were in quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View, Sai Ying Pun, when found positive.

The other imported cases were a man aged 60 who arrived from the United States on Dec 15 and two women aged 59 and 40 who both flew in from the US on Dec 17. The man tested positive on his 14th day of quarantine at Dorsett Tsuen Wan in Kwai Tsing.

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The older woman was also in quarantine at Dorsett Tsuen Wan when found positive. The younger one was spending her quarantine at Le Meridien Cyberport in Pok Fu Lam.   

The two others, both women from India, were a 19-year-old who arrived on Dec 17 and a 42-year-old with undisclosed arrival day. They were both in hotel quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View.

Close contacts of the latest Indonesian DH found infected will be quarantined

Chuang said during the question and answer session that enquiries are still being made about as many as 10 close contacts of the Indonesian helper who was confirmed positive yesterday. There are no details yet, but all close contacts will be quarantined, she said.

The helper arrived on Dec 11 and spent her quarantine in a hotel in Causeway Bay until Dec 24. She went for a physical check-up in Mong Kok and then to her employment agency in Tseung Kwan O on Dec 25.

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She was taken to the Winland 800 Hotel in Tsing Yi and when she collected her second test bottle on Dec 27, she was positive.

Among the new local cases were a woman and two men from Fung Chak House in Choi Ming Estate who lived in three units on the same floor.

Dr Sara Ho, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority, said an 87-year-old female resident of Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Nursing Home was found infected, as did a female nurse at United Christian Hospital. They were preliminarily positive yesterday.

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Ho said an 83-year-old male patient at Buddhist Hospital preliminarily tested positive today, a day after a female nurse there was confirmed positive.

She also said three patients passed away today. The first, a 79-year-old woman with chronic illness, was admitted to Caritas Medical Centre due to a fractured hip and fever on Dec18. She later tested positive for Covid-19 and eventually died at 1:10am.

A 59-year-old woman who was admitted on Dec 5 to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital with symptoms died today at the North District Hospital ICU. She was moved to that hospital after being diagnosed with Covid-19 on Dec 6. She required mechanical ventilation as breathing support. She eventually succumbed at 4.05am today.

A 63-year-old male patient who was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for stroke tested positive for Covid-19 and his condition got worse until he died at 11:13am today.

Ho said that as of 9am today, 106 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 7,722 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

A total of 826 confirmed patients were being treated in 23 public hospitals and a community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 50 are in critical condition, 54 are in serious condition and 722 in stable condition.

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