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24 new Covid-19 cases recorded; 10 linked to gym outbreak

15 March 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

All 3 campuses of The Harbour School were shut after 3 teachers tested positive (File)

Ten more people linked to a gym in Sai Ying Pun were among 24 new Covid-19 cases recorded today, Mar 14, and health officials warned the cluster could grow bigger, as the coronavirus has an incubation period of 14 days.

“We have to be mindful and need to closely monitor the situation to see if there are further transmissions arising from this cluster,” Dr Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection said at today’s press briefing.

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Au said the new cases had raised the number of confirmed infections from Ursus Fitness to 109. Ten preliminary positive cases are also linked to the outbreak.

The number of close contacts had also gone up to 750, and Au said the CHP would move all of them to quarantine centers.

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Mandatory testing will also be carried out on 1,900 people at seven schools where patients in the Ursus cluster either work or study.

Of today’s 10 additional patients from the Ursus cluster, six were customers and four were close contacts, said Au.


Two confirmed and one preliminary positive cases were found at The Harbour School’s Grove campus in Ap Lei Chau today, all of them teachers.

Au said the first patient shared a classroom with the second case, a fellow IT teacher. The third case is an art teacher who had a brief, 10-minute contact with the IT teacher.


“So we believe that the transmission is person to person and happened inside the IT room,” said Au.

All 35 students and six assistant teaching staff in two IT classes at Harbour School need to undergo quarantine and testing.

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The school said on its website that all of its three campuses  - at Belcher’s Street in Kennedy Town and on Lee Chi Road and Ap Lei Chai Bridge in Ap Lei Chau, have been closed and students will be doing virtual classes.

The youngest among today’s confirmed cases was a 5-year-old female K-2 pupil at Sun Island English Kindergarten in Yuen Long, Au said. The girl, who lives in Shek Au Wai, developed a symptom on Mar 6 and was confirmed positive on Saturday.


Au said the girl’s father, aged 49, is also among the 20 preliminary positive cases. The father had an onset of the disease on Mar 13 and was found during contact tracing.

“So far, we have located three teachers and 14 students as close contacts who will be sent to quarantine,” Au said.

The tally of confirmed cases in Hong Kong is now 11,281, with the death toll at 203.

Kingsfield Tower in Pokfulam has been locked down overnight 

Meanwhile, the government began ambush lockdowns this evening in the upscale areas of Pok Fu Lam and Old Peak Road on Hong Kong Island to carry out compulsory testing of residents in several buildings there.

The government said that residents of Block A and B, Kingsfield Tower, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Road/73-83 Bonham Road; Fung Lam Bldg, 35-37 Pok Fu Lam Road; Tung Ming Court, 39 Pok Fu Lam Road; Lee Wai Bldg, 41-43 Pok Fu Lam Road; and 63 Pok Fu Lam Road in Central and Western District are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.

The lockdown was prompted by a confirmed case in Kingsfield Tower recently and sewage samples that tested positive in Fung Lam Bldg, Tung Ming Court, Lee Wai Bldg and 63 Pok Fu Lam Road, the government said.

A similar lockdown was put in place from 7pm today to 7am tomorrow on Towers 1 to 5, Dynasty Court, 23 Old Peak Road in Central and Western District. .



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