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Covid-19 outbreaks reported in AsiaWorld-Expo, public estate

07 December 2020

By The SUN 

AWE is a treatment facility that is also used to quarantine residents from care homes

Hong Kong reported 95 new coronavirus cases today, Dec 6, as outbreaks at the AsiaWorld Expo community treatment facility and at a public housing estate in Kwai Shing sparked fresh alarm.

In a press briefing, Albert Au, principal medical and health officer at the Centre for Health Protection said a staff member at the AWE treatment center who was in contact with quarantined persons tested positive on Saturday, but had no symptoms.

Two other staff members were found preliminary positive, prompting the evacuation of about 100 people to other parts of the facility.

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The three worked in Halls 5 and 7 and had attended to quarantined residents of the Tung Wah Ho Yuk Ching Willow Lodge for elderly people.

Au said other workers from the same halls will have to be tested. However, he said the risk of outbreak among the staff was low as all the staff wore adequate personal protective equipment.

Another outbreak occurred on the fifth floor of Block 8 at Kwai Shing West Estate in Kwai Chung, which left 12 members of five families on the same floor positive of the virus.

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Au said there was probable environmental contamination on that floor, but when asked whether compulsory testing could be enforced on residents of the block, he said not at the moment.

“We shall first hand out sample bottles. However, we shall require all residents, especially those on Block 8, to give the samples [as soon as possible]. As for the residents of the other floors, [if they] start reporting untraceable cases, we won’t rule out requiring all residents to undergo testing,” Au said.

12 residents on 5th floor of a Kwai Shing block all tested positive for Covid-19

Of today’s new cases, 87 were locally acquired - 51 were linked to earlier infections while 36 were untraceable. The eight remaining cases were all imported, including a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who arrived on Dec 4.

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Six other imported cases who arrived on Dec 4 were a 15-year-old girl from Britain; a 55-year-old man from the United States; two women aged 25 and 64 as well as two men aged 17 and 47 from Pakistan.

Another Pakistani man aged 41 who arrived on Nov 22 tested positive yesterday while nearing the end of his 14-day quarantine in a room on Block A of Chungking Mansions in Tsimshatsui, the CHP said.  

The local cases also included a 75-year-old male patient who tested positive after going to United Christian Hospital’s accident and emergency department at 11pm on Friday due to fever and cough.

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Eighteen more patients were linked to the dance club cluster and five to the Ho Yuk Ching Willow Lodge, where 10 residents and five staff members are now confirmed to have contracted the virus.

In the Lohas Park construction site, four more workers and five family members were found infected, bringing to 45 the total number of patients linked to this cluster. They comprised 32 workers and 13 of their family members.

Au also reported that health authorities at the Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre were unable to identify the owner of a saliva sample that tested positive, as the person’s information was not uploaded onto the system.


He called on anyone who got tested at the centre on the morning of Dec 4 to do so again if he hasn’t been notified by SMS of a negative result.

Also found positive was a chef at the M&C Duck Japanese restaurant in Causeway Bay, while two other chefs there were preliminary positive cases.

Dr Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, said that as of 9am today, 56 Covid-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital, bringing the total number of recoveries to 5,567.

A total of 1,087 confirmed patients are confined in 22 public hospitals and community treatment facility. Lau said 31 patients are in critical condition, 31 are in serious condition and the remaining 1,025 patients are in stable condition.

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