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Silent Covid-19 transmission in Tuen Mun feared

11 January 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


A dispensary inside this Tuen Mun mall was where a family of 4 picked up the virus

Health officials warned on Tuesday, Jan 11, that a silent transmission of the coronavirus, could be going on in Tuen Mun, with three new cases being detected in the district.

As a result, more testing facilities will be set up in Tuen Mun and all residents there could be asked to be tested for Covid-19 for free.

In today’s press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said: “We do think that there may be risks of silent transmission in the community that’s why we are arranging increased testing facilities and ask people living and working in the Tuen Mun to get free tests as soon as possible in the coming few days.”


Chuang said the three patients are among five preliminary positive cases reported today.

Two are members of a family that lives in Aegean Coast and runs a pharmacy at H.A.N.D.S. mall, both in Tuen Mun. The third is a female security guard at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre who also lives in the district.

The first two are an 11-year-old boy and his 45-year-old mother who were taken to Penny’s Bay after two other members of their family were found infected earlier.


These are the boy’s 20-year-old sister and their 47-year-old father who both worked in the Tung Ah dispensary where an infected Cathay flight crew had bought shampoo way back on Dec 27.

Chuang said genomic sequencing showed the virus carried by the two were an exact match to that of the flight crew who returned from the United States on Dec 25, and spread the virus during a family lunch at Moon Palace in Kowloon Tong on Dec 27.

On Jan 1 the father in the cluster developed symptoms but did not see a doctor. It was only after his daughter, who also worked parttime at SOGO department store in Causeway Bay, tested preliminary positive on Jan. 9 that the family’s infection was first detected.

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The father is one of 21 additional cases recorded today. Both he and his daughter are unvaccinated.

His wife and son, on the other hand, both had fever on Monday and Wednesday last week (Jan 3 and 5) and visited a private doctor in Gold Coast, but were not tested for Covid-19.

As the doctor only wore a surgical mask during their consultation, she is deemed to be a close contact and will be sent to a quarantine center.

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Chuang reminded private doctors to test anyone who comes to them with a fever, sore throat or other symptoms, as they could have the virus. Those who experience any of these symptoms should also consult a doctor and ask to be tested.

 “It’s understandable because before the end of December, Hong Kong had no local cases for quite a while, so there may be a lack of awareness in the local community including the medical professionals as well as the general public,” she said.

The source of infection of a security guard at Penny's Bay is still unknown

Meanwhile, the source of infection of the guard at Penny’s Bay is still being investigated. Chuang said the case could be linked to other infections in Tuen Mun, or she could have caught it at the quarantine camp.

The patient is said to be responsible for distributing supplies at Penny’s Bay and helping carry people’s luggage.


Chuang said her colleagues who ate with her would be sent to quarantine.

Another preliminary positive case is that of the male employer of an Indonesian domestic helper linked to the Moon Palace cluster. He is the fourth resident of Mei Sun block in Tai Po to test positive for the coronavirus.

An employer of another infected Indonesian helper was among the newly confirmed cases reported today. The 32-year-old woman lives with the helper in On Ning Garden in Tseung Kwan O.

Another confirmed case is that of a 48-year-old man who lives and works in North Point. He is the fourth infected person linked to his workplace at Citic Securities Company in Olympia Plaza. His residential block, Maple Gardens Phase III on Kin Wah Street, North Point, will be locked down overnight.

In all, the CHP reported 21 cases, including eight local infections. The rest are all imported cases, including three air crew members who came from various countries, and one foreign domestic worker who flew in from Cebu, Philippines on Jan 4.

For details on the confirmed cases, please check the following:

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