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LBC HK head quarantined, offices shut after cashier tests positive for Covid-19

01 March 2021

By Daisy CL Mandap


The shuttered door of LBC's Central branch in World-Wide Plaza

The head of LBC Express in Hong Kong was put under quarantine today, Mar 1, after the cargo company’s cashier tested positive for Covid-19.

LBC’s country manager, Arnold E. Cereno, confirmed the news himself. He also said LBC’s two offices in World-Wide Plaza in Central and in Yuen Long have been shut for disinfection until further notice.

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“After we learned that one of our associates tested positive, we immediately coordinated with the proper government bodies to quarantine close contacts (that includes me). We also closed down the two branches to schedule disinfecting and cleaning activities…we will only resume operations once this is done,” Cereno said in a text message.

He also said that all staff of the company will undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19 to ensure all are safe.

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Cereno said he did not believe that their 23-year-old cashier who worked in the two LBC branches was infected at work.

“I think (he) did not get it from the branch but from elsewhere kasi everyone of us is healthy, but to make sure, I asked all of them to take the test,” he said.

Cereno says all other LBC staff, including him, are in good health

The Centre for Health Protection included the case of the LBC cashier among the 14 new Covid-19 infections detected in the past 24 hours. Of these, 11 were locally acquired while three were imported.


A statement issued by CHP said the LBC staff developed sore throat, cough and headache on Feb. 26. That was the last day that he was at work. He went to the accident and emergency department of a public hospital yesterday and tested positive.

The source of his infection is unknown. 

He lives in Iau Kin Building, 48-68 Hau Tei Square, Tsuen Wan.


World-Wide House’s mall, the favorite go-to place of Filipinos who hanker for food and other goods from home, remained open today, with staff at all other shops on its three floors saying it’s business as usual with them.

No one appeared concerned that the infection at LBC would spread to other shops, like what recently happened to the posh K11 Musea Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, where a so-called super spreader in a restaurant appeared to have infected more than 40 diners, fellow workers and their close contacts.

A CHP staff said that four new infections were linked today to Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining restaurant in the mall, all close contacts of previous cases.

Two others were linked to previous infections while five have unknown sources.

The three imported cases include two female domestic helpers from Indonesia and a male returnee from Pakistan.

More than 10 preliminary positive cases were recorded.

Apart from the LBC staff, the other undetectable cases include a 54-year-old female secretary, a 30-year-old male part-time teacher, a 41-year-old security guard and a 36-year-old camera repair technician.

No date is indicated on when LBC will reopen

Details of the cases can be found here:

A total of 226 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, Feb 15-28, including 189 local cases of which 66 are from unknown sources.

Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally now stands at 11,020, with 194 related deaths.

A 79-year-old male patient with chronic diseases was the latest to succumb to the disease.  The patient passed away at 9:49 pm yesterday while in intensive care at Princess Margaret Hospital




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