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Coronavirus outbreak reported in Sai Ying Pun gym

10 March 2021

By The SUN 

Ursus gym says it has been closed since noon yesterday 

One confirmed and nine preliminary positive cases were reported today, Mar 10, from Ursus Fitness gym, located on Pokfulam Road in Sai Ying Pun.

The infections were reported by the Centre for Health Protection in a press release issued to report eight new Covid-19 cases in the city, which brought the total number of cases to 11,029.

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Of the new cases, two are imported, and both are foreign domestic workers from the Philippines.

The first one, who is 26 years old, arrived in Hong Kong on Feb 16 and tested positive on her 19th day in quarantine at iclub Hotel in Tokwawan. The second is 41 years old and arrived on Feb 25. She was found infected on her 12th day in quarantine at Dorsett Mongkok Hotel in Tai Kok Tsui.

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The six local cases were made up of three with unknown sources, and three linked to previous infections.

Among the unknown cases is a 27-year-old man who is a fitness trainer at Ursus gym. He was asymptomatic but a specimen sample he gave tested positive on Mar 8.



The CHP said in its statement that nine preliminary positive cases were also found among staff and customers of the gym, which is located at Units 2-4, ground floor, 64-68 Pok Fu Lam Road, Sai Ying Pun.

“The CHP is proactively following up to investigate whether the infections of the cases are related, so as to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus,” said the statement.


“The CHP appeals to those who visited Ursus Fitness from March 1 to 10 to call the CHP's hotlines 2125 1111 or 2125 1122 as soon as possible to facilitate the CHP's epidemiological investigations and contact tracing.”

Ursus Fitness says on its Facebook page that it has been closed since 12 noon yesterday, and that it is awaiting further talks with CHP. 


The post also says all of the gym's staff have been taken to government quarantine centres. Five have tested positive and are in hospital. One of its clients had also reported testing positive.

Another untraceable case is that of a 26-year-old man who works as a project assistant at a facility for mentally disabled people in Kwun Tong. He developed a fever on Feb 21 but tested negative for the coronavirus initially, but because of persistent symptoms he was admitted for treatment at United Christian Hospital on Mar 3. Still, he was found infected only yesterday.

The patient at United Christian was found infected only after repeated tests

The third case involves a 58-year-old man who works as management personnel in a Tai Po laboratory. He last went to work on Mar. 5.

According to CHP, a total of 224 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, or from Feb 24 to Mar 9, including 171 local cases of which 59 are from unknown sources. This indicates that the silent transmission of the virus in the community remains significant.

The CHP says it is continuing its investigations and contact tracing on the confirmed cases, and reminded those who had visited venues placed under a mandatory testing order to get themselves tested. Those with symptoms should seek medical attention early.

Anyone who wants to get more information on Covid-19, the StayHomeSafe mobile app and wristband  may access the government Helpline on WhatsApp, 9617 1823, or by clicking the link



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