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Two Tuen Mun nurses test positive for Covid-19

14 January 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Thousands of Tuen Mun residents line up for tests amid fears of silent transmissions (RTHK photo)

The Omicron-fueled spread of the coronavirus in Tuen Mun appears to be widening, with two nurses being reported as having tested preliminary positive on Thursday, Jan 13.

Speaking at the daily press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said the two female patients worked for the same clinic chain in Tuen Mun where they also live, but they had no overlapping duties.

One of them, a 21-year-old parttime nurse, assisted a doctor in his clinic at Gold Coast Piazza on Jan 3 in examining an 11-year-old boy with symptoms wearing only a surgical mask.

The boy was not given a test and he was confirmed infected on Jan 12. He was believed to have caught the virus from his father who sold a bottle of shampoo to an infected Cathay flight crew at his dispensary in the H.A.N.D.S. mall in Tuen Mun. The father infected his wife and a daughter as well.


Chuang said the Jan. 3 examination of the boy was the likely source of the nurse’s infection, even if she stood behind the doctor a few feet away.

The nurse worked parttime at various clinics in the chain and attended classes at Baptist University’s School of Continuing Education.

The second nurse, who is 22, also worked at the clinic chain, but was on different shifts.

“As for how the second nurse got infected, it’s possible that there was some silent transmission in the clinic,” Chuang said.

As a precaution, everyone who worked with the two nurses during the incubation period will be quarantined, she said.

Their residential blocks, identified as JC Place Tower 1, 345 Castle Peak Road – Castle Peak Bay and Block 2, Hoi Tak Gardens, 13-17 Wing Fat Lane, both in Tuen Mun, have been put on overnight lockdown.

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Meanwhile, the case involving a female security guard at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre who also lives in Tuen Mun showed how fast Omicron could be passed on.

She tested negative for the virus on Jan 8 as part of the regular screening for camp staff. The next day, she posted a notice on the room door of a guest who tested positive afterwards, with just a screen partition between them. She developed symptoms on Jan 10 and tested positive on Jan 12.

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Genome sequencing directly linked her to the infected guest, causing her case to be labeled import-related instead of untraceable.

The outbreak in Tuen Mun sparked fears of a silent transmission and led experts to advise residents in the district to undergo testing.

4 doctors at Prince of Wales who checked on the maskless patient will be quarantined

Another preliminary positive case that is causing concern is that of a 29-year-old Pakistani male who worked at a construction site and doubled as a Panda food delivery crew.

The man met an accident and was rushed to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital where he was put under intensive care. He was then moved to Prince of Wales Hospital for an emergency surgery.

In line with standard procedure, he was tested and was found positive with a low viral load initially, before giving a Ct reading of 13, which indicated he was highly infectious. Subsequent tests all returned a negative result, however.

Chuang said the man is suspected to be a re-positive case but further investigations are being carried out. As a precaution, patients who shared a cubicle with him in the hospital were all moved to isolation rooms.


But four doctors at Prince of Wales who examined him while he was maskless were sent to quarantine.

The CHP reported 14 Covid-19 cases for the day, five of them local transmissions. They took Hong Kong’s total tally to 13,016.

Asked if the decline in the number of cases indicated that the latest outbreak had been contained, Chuang said it was too early to say simply because links were found among the locally detected infections.

“They were detected in the community, so they spent some time in the community and that would also cause some transmission,” she said.

She also reminded everyone that Hong Kong has imposed a ban on passenger flights coming from eight countries, which could be the real reason why fewer cases were being reported.

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