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Covid-19 cases in gym rises to 99, including 3 Filipinos

13 March 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The 3 Filipinos from the Ursus gym cluster are being treated at this Lantau facility

The number of Covid-19 cases linked to a Sai Ying Pun gym continues to grow, with 35 of the 47 new infections reported today, Mar 13, being linked to the cluster.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said at today’s press briefing that the total number of cases from the Ursus Fitness cluster has now grown to 99, only four days since the first infection was detected.

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Those found infected are 7 staff members, 75 customers and 17 close contacts of patients.

The new infections were broken down into 25 customers and 10 close contacts. Chuang said they mostly tested positive at the quarantine centers, although some sought treatment after developing symptoms.

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Sources told The SUN that among those who tested positive were three Filipinos: a male trainer, a female receptionist, and a female customer or student at Ursus, who were all moved to Penny’s Bay quarantine centre on Thursday, where they were found infected.

All three were reportedly asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, so they were all sent to North Lantau District Hospital for treatment.


Most of those infected were, however, local Chinese and some expatriates working as bankers, lawyers, accountants and teachers.

Chuang said it might be a good idea to suggest work-from-home arrangement for the offices where confirmed cases were found, in response to a reporter’s query.


“Of course, if the offices can arrange work from home, it’s a better social distancing measure than gathering in the office,” said Chuang. “(Because) if there is one case in the office, we might have to issue compulsory testing notice for all the workers there and also may quarantine some close contacts.”

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The compulsory testing list released yesterday showed a total of 80 places where residents and staff need to undergo Covid-19 testing, and they included two floors of HSBC’s headquarters in Central, and the offices of Shearman & Sterling in Central, Credit Suisse in Kowloon, and Ernst & Young in Kowloon.

Staff on 2 floors of HSBC's headquarters are among those ordered to go for testing

Also included was the elite Kellett School on the Peak, where those affected were primary students aged between 9 and 10 years old. Chuang said CHP had initially considered sending the kids to quarantine, but after learning that they had worn face masks during classes, the testing order was put in place instead.


Chuang said 53 more places would be put under mandatory testing today, comprising 32 residential buildings and 21 workplaces. The order is issued to all residents and visitors in each place where at least one confirmed case of Covid-19 is detected.

Today’s confirmed cases linked to Ursus was that involving a female trainer at another gym, One PT, who tested preliminary positive yesterday. Chuang said further investigation showed the patient had been to Ursus during the incubation period.


Of the 12 other cases detected today, 4 were imported, and all were found to carry the highly infectious coronavirus variant, N501Y. One flew in from Pakistan, two from the Netherlands, and one from several places, including the United Arab Emirates.

Chuang said they brought to 75 the total number of variant carriers found in Hong Kong.

Of the eight local cases not linked to Ursus, four were of unknown sources, including one who had been to Pure Fitness gym in late February, and developed a sore throat on Mar 1. The gym has been listed among gyms where some Ursus customers had gone to.
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