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Quarry Bay building evacuated, 130 students to be quarantined

08 February 2021

By The SUN


Everyone living in flat 04 on all floors of Wai Lee Building will be quarantined

A partial evacuation of Wai Lee Building at 997 King’s Road in Quarry Bay got underway today, Feb 8, after an overnight lockdown found three probable Covid-19 cases, on top of four previous infections already found there.

A government press release said that at 2am today, Feb 8, three preliminary positive cases were found after testing 860 people in the building.

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Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection later identified one of the new cases as a Form 6 student in Shau Kei Wan who took the same examination at the beginning of February with a patient from the same block who was confirmed earlier.

Chuang said the two students did not know each other and did not sit close to each other during the exams, but they could have used the same facilities such as a washroom. They both developed mild symptoms while taking the exams.

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As a precautionary measure, about 130 students who took the tests in the same room will be quarantined, along with three teachers and an undetermined number of cleaners.

Their family members will have to undergo coronavirus tests, along with the other people in the school who were present during the tests.


“We are still checking the numbers,” Chuang said.

All residents in flats 04 on every floor are to be evacuated and moved to a quarantine center after an expert said there was evidence of vertical transmission in the building.

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The ambush lockdowns of residential buildings continue, with the latest being Man Ying building in Jordan. All residents there will not be able to leave overnight until they have undergone  testing for coronavirus, and can produce negative results.

Chuang reported 32 new cases, 4 of them imported, including a FDW from the Philippines

Chuang also reported that 32 new Covid-19 cases were recorded as of midnight last night, including four brought in from abroad.

The imported cases included three from Pakistan and one from the Philippines. Two of the Pakistan arrivals tested positive at the airport, while the third, a one-year-old baby boy, was found infected 19 days after arrival.  


The 34-year-old traveler from the Philippines is a domestic helper who arrived on Jan 26 and tested positive on her 12th day in quarantine.

Of the 28 local cases, 22 were linked to previous infections, while six had unknown sources. As a result, compulsory testing was ordered for all residents in the six buildings where they live.

These include Shau San House in Tsuen Wan; Tower 2, Century Tower in Mid-Levels; Man Ying Building in Yau Ma Tei; Hang On Building in Sham Shui Po; Ching Wo House in Tsz Wan Shan; and Block 6, Tsui Ning Garden in Tuen Mun.


Chuang also said more than 20 preliminary positive cases had been recorded.

These included “quite a number” being found in Tung Fat building in North Point, where no additional infections were found after an overnight lockdown more than a week ago.

Residents of Tung Fat building in North Point will have to undergo testing again

“Compulsory testing will have to be issued again for the residents there,” said Chuang.

Among the new cases was one linked to the construction sites for the third airport runway. The patient was among those quarantined after a breakout at the sites.

On questioning, she also said that investigations are still being carried out on the source of infection of a visitor from Shenzhen who was able to join his family in Hong Kong shortly after arrival as he was exempted from quarantine.

Chuang said a family member who arrived with the patient was also found infected, along with three other relatives living with them.

Meanwhile, 502 confirmed patients were still being treated at 24 public hospitals and the treatment facility at AsiaWorld Expo as of 9am today. Among them, 24 are in critical condition, 24 are in serious condition and 453 are stable.

Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally is now 10,667 confirmed cases and one probable case.






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