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Tests ordered for visitors of Central hair salon as 96 new Covid-19 cases found

17 December 2020

By The SUN 

Glow has been closed for disinfection and 30 os its 

A compulsory order for Covid-19 tests was ordered today, Dec 17, for everyone who has visited Glow Hair Salon at 1 Wellington street in Central from Dec 8, as five confirmed cases were detected from the premises.

They were among 96 new coronavirus cases reported today by health authorities. Of these, six are imported, including a 45-year-old domestic helper from the Philippines who tested positive at Hong Kong Airport on her arrival via Philippine Airlines flight PR 300.

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The 90 local cases included 26 whose sources could not be traced, and 52 linked to previous cluster of infections. The total number of cases is now 7,900.

More than 70 other people have tested preliminary positive.

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According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection, four workers at Glow salon were initially found to have been infected, and 30 others were asked to take a test while the shop was closed for disinfection. She said one customer was also found infected, prompting authorities to issue the mandatory testing order.

“We’re worried that they may be other transmissions in the salon among the customers. That’s why we’re asking them to come forward for compulsory testing to make sure they are not infected,” Chuang said.

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She added it was unclear how the infection spread. “Maybe they did not wear masks all the time, maybe they had meal gatherings,” she said.

Hair salons, unlike beauty parlors that offer other services apart from haircuts, are still allowed to operate despite the most severe gathering restrictions imposed by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Yu says one patients tested positive after death, while another is a preliminary case

Meanwhile, Dr Linda Yu, chief manager at the Hospital Authority said an 80-year-old patient died at North District Hospital at 10:04pm Wednesday night, taking the death toll from the coronavirus to 121.

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In another case, a 56-year-old woman, identified in various media outlets as pro-government activist Leticia Lee, was taken to Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long in serious condition, and died early Wednesday in the emergency ward. She tested preliminary positive for the coronavirus.

Yu said the patient had a fever and cough for a week before she was taken to hospital.

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“We’re not sure if the cause of death is related to Covid-19. We’ve referred the case to the coroner for further assessment,” she said.

In another case, a 79-year-old man who was classified as a close contact of an infected patient, was reportedly found dead in his home on Dec 12. He later tested positive for the virus at the Fu Shan Mortuary.

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According to Yu, a quarantine order was issued for the patient on Dec 9. The next day, his relatives who spoke with him on the phone said he had a blocked nose but was ok. On Dec 11 he could no longer be contacted so his relatives sought police help the next day, when he was found dead at home.

Chuang said more cases were found in earlier clusters, including one each in Kwai Shing Estate West, Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel works, Lohas Park construction site, four in the dance clubs, and four in units 33 and 34 in Ming Lai House, Choi Wan.

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A second compulsory testing order has been issued for the Kwai Shing estate, together with the Glow hair salon.

As of 9am today, 1,111 confirmed patients were being treated in 22 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 58 are in critical condition, 70 are in serious condition, and 983 are stable.

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