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170 people at party attended by top officials to be quarantined

07 January 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Chuang says more people from the party will be sent to quarantine
after another guest tested preliminary positive

About 170 people who joined the birthday party of a delegate to the National People’s Congress, including several top government officials, will all be sent to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre, according to various reports.

This was after the Centre for Health Protection disclosed in its regular press briefing today, Jan. 7, that another guest at the party, described by officials as 53-year-old media worker, has tested preliminary positive for Covid-19.

A 37-year-old woman who was also at the birthday party of Witman Hung held a Reserva Iberico tapas bar in Wanchai, was today confirmed to have the coronavirus. She works at a teahouse in Central and lives in Serene Court in Tin Hau.


After she tested preliminary positive yesterday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui would be sent to quarantine for being at the party at the same time as the woman, who was said to have arrived at 9:30pm.

Immigration Director Au Ka-wing issued a statement today to admit his presence at the banquet, and announce that he, too, would be quarantined at Penny’s Bay for 21 days.

Also being sent there are financial services chief Christopher Hui, police chief Raymond Siu, as well as 19 lawmakers.


CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said that initially, arrangements were made for 60 of the partygoers who were present at the designated time, to be sent to quarantine.

However, after it was established that the second infected woman had been there between 6-8pm and went back at around 9pm, more people would be classified as close contacts and sent to quarantine.

The party cluster also widened today, after another woman with links to case no 12838, the first infected guest, also tested preliminary positive. The 32-year-old woman was said to have gone to a products expo at Victoria Park with the first infected person, who is her colleague.

Pindutin para sa detalye

The emerging cluster was linked by Chuang to the unvaccinated mother of a Cathay flight attendant who caught the virus from her daughter, then spread it to 13 other people as of the latest count.

Chuang said the 62-year-old woman had infected the mother of the party guest when they danced together in Causeway Bay on New Year’s eve.

Chuang said a second Indonesian domestic helper also tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a church service in Tin Hau along with another helper who was infected by the elderly woman who visited her employer’s house in Causeway Bay.

Pindutin para sa detalye

Today, two more Indonesian domestic workers who attended the same church ceremony tested preliminary positive, said Chuang.

Around 70 people who were at the church service are now classified as close contacts and will be quarantined.

Also among the preliminary cases was the four-year-old daughter of the surveyor in Tuen Mun who was found to have dined in the same restaurant in Tin Hau as the dancing ladies.


The girl last went to her kindergarten school in Tuen Mun on Tuesday. Some teachers and 35 students in her class have been sent to a quarantine centre while other students and teachers will have to undergo compulsory testing.

CHP said it has yet to trace the source of one preliminary positive case involving a 58-year-old woman who had been different supermarkets across the city as part of her job. She has also visited Wan Chai Market and the brands expo in Victoria Park.

She lives at Lee Shun Building in Wan Chai.

The additional imported cases include 7 more from the Philippines 

Chuang said there were 33 additional cases confirmed as of midnight last night. Twenty-six were imported, while five were locally transmitted.

Four were linked to the dance cluster and one to the Moon Palace lunch on Dec 27 which was set off by another Cathay aircrew who flouted quarantine rules.


The case linked to the lunch cluster involved a woman who is believed to have been infected after her flat in Ma On Shan was entered on Dec 29 by a renovation worker who had eaten at Moon Palace.

Meanwhile, the imported cases involve seven arrivals from the Philippines, eight from France, Finland and the United Kingdom via Doha, and one flight crewman from Germany.

CHP’s controller Eric Tsui said Hong Kong has detected 140 Omicron cases so far.

He likened the spread of the highly infectious variant to a “tsunami” which could only be stopped if people stopped unnecessary gatherings and strictly follow health protocols.

Tsui reminded those who were made to undergo compulsory testing not to relax after testing negative the first time, as “it could take one or two tests for the virus to be picked up.”

He also appealed to those who had been to places identified as high risk to get themselves tested immediately.

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