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3 quarantined new arrivals among 41 new Covid-19 cases

11 January 2021

By The SUN 

All 3 infected patients had taken Cathay Pacific flights to HK
 

Three people who all arrived in Hong Kong on Dec 29 - two from the United States and one from the Philippines –were among 41 new Covid-19 cases reported today, Jan 11.

The 39-year-old Filipina domestic worker arrived via Cathay Pacific Flight CX 918 from Manila, and was found infected on her second test while in quarantine at the Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon.

The two others were returning residents who both flew in aboard CX 881 from Los Angeles. One is a 28-year-old woman, and the other is a 30-year-old man. They were both quarantined at the Dorsett Hotel in Wan Chai when found infected.

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According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection, more than 40 preliminary positive cases were also recorded.

Of the 38 local cases, 11 had no known sources.

The untraceable cases included an ambulanceman connected with the Tsing Yi Ambulance Depot, the second worker there to be confirmed with the virus. Another ambulanceman tested preliminary positive. 

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Dr Chuang said it was not clear if the first ambulanceman who got sick had caught the virus from transporting Covid-19 patients.

“Of course we cannot exclude that..he might have contracted some confirmed case during work, but according to our understanding, they have all worn PPE,” she said.

Chuang added the two ambulancemen could have acquired the virus from each other while at work.

 

Two more workers at Princess Margaret Hospital tested preliminary positive

At Princess Margaret Hospital, two more workers at the occupational therapy section tested preliminary positive for coronavirus, after one case was detected there last week. The workers had used the same sewing machine when making pressure garments for patients.

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The linked cases also included four from the Kowloon Ferry cluster who were reported as preliminary cases yesterday. Four of them are staff, and one is a close contact.

Three more were listed today as preliminary cases, involving two more staff and one close contact. Including the boat captain who was reported as a confirmed case, there are now a total of seven cases linked to the cluster.

Another growing cluster is that linked to a construction site at the Central-Kowloon tunnel. One worker and one close contact tested positive today, raising the total number of cases from this group to nine so far.

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One more close contact of a worker at Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel construction site was also confirmed to have the virus today, adding to the list of about a dozen or so cases linked to this cluster.

In addition, residents in three housing blocks have been ordered to take Covid-19 tests after two unrelated cases had been detected in different units on different floors in each building.

Dr Linda Yu, a chief manager at the Hospital Authority reported that as of 9am today, 586 confirmed patients were being treated in 23 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Thirty-nine of the patients are in critical condition, 45 are seriously ill, and the remaining 502 are in stable condition.

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