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3 UK returnees, 2 Indo DHs among 70 new Covid-19 cases

21 January 2021

 By The SUN 

The 3 from UK had stayed in Dubai for a month before flying on to HK where they tested positive

Three people from Britain who had stayed in Dubai for a month before flying on to Hong Kong as well as two Indonesian domestic helpers who developed symptoms while in quarantine were among 70 new coronavirus cases reported today, Jan. 21.

One of the Indonesians, a 25-year-old who was spending her quarantine in Ramada Harbour View in Sai Ying Pun, experienced symptoms on Jan 11, but was found infected only after a second test.

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The other, who is 21 years old, developed symptoms only on Jan 19, shortly after arriving from Jakarta. But she was had already moved to Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon when she tested positive.

The three passengers who had originally flown out of Britain to Dubai, tested positive on their arrival in Hong Kong on board a connecting flight from Singapore.

Two of them, both males aged 33 and 63, had symptoms, while the other, a 63-year-old female, was asymptomatic.

Starting on Dec 22, Hong Kong had banned travelers who had been in Britain in the past 21 days, after a highly infectious strain of the coronavirus was found in the country.

The five were among seven imported cases reported today. The two others were both returnees who tested positive at the airport. One was a 30-year-old man who came from Malaysia and the other was a 22-year-old woman from Nepal.

Most of the Kowloon buildings where infections were detected are old and ill maintained 

Of the 63 local cases, 31 were from the virus-plagued districts of Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok districts. Twenty of the cases were detected at the Yau Ma Tei community testing centre.

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More than 40 preliminary positive cases were also recorded.

Among them was an 80-year-old man living in a care home on Battery Street in Yau Ma Tei who could walk about but never went outside. Health officials are checking the source of his infection. Meantime, 21 residents and staff have been identified as close contacts and would be sent for quarantine.


Mandatory tests were ordered for residents of two more buildings in the designated area in YauTsimMong. One is 121 Woosung Street and the other is 7-10 Ferry Street.

Compulsory testing will also be issued for those living in Tak Yam House in Laguna City Block 5, and Prosperous Garden Block 2 in Yau Ma Tei.

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Meanwhile, Dr Linda Yu, chief manager of the Hospital Authority, appealed to medical workers to avoid sharing meals after two nurses at different hospitals tested preliminary positive for Covid-19.

“Chinese New Year is coming and we want to appeal again for our staff and also the public to refrain from social gatherings,” she said.

One of the nurses who works in Queen Elizabeth Hospital tested preliminary positive after eating with an infected colleague from North District Hospital. She also had meals with five other nurses and a staff at Queen Elizabeth.

Another nurse in Princess Margaret Hospital tested preliminary positive after having a meal with a colleague, although there was a partition between them.

Meanwhile, a confirmed patient passed away in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll in public hospitals from the virus to 163.

A total of 695 patients are currently being treated in 24 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 37 are in critical condition, 30 are serious, while the remaining 628 are in stable condition.

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