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Veteran local actor dies in quarantine, cause of death still being probed

27 April 2022

By The SUN 

The lifeless body of the actor was found in a room at Kowloon Hotel where he is spending his quarantine

Veteran local actor Kenneth Tsang was found dead at around noon today in his hotel room where he was spending his quarantine, various media reports say.

The 87-year-old actor reportedly arrived from Singapore on Monday and tested negative on his arrival test at Hong Kong airport and also on a rapid test yesterday.

But he didn’t answer the door at his room at The Kowloon Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui when health officials tried to check on him at about 12:15pm. Hotel staff were called and they found him unconscious on the floor.


Paramedics who responded to a call for help declared the actor dead at the scene. The exact cause of his death is still being investigated.

Tsang was a popular actor in the 50s and 60s and won an award for best supporting actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2015.

Meanwhile, health officials reported 430 new coronavirus cases today, 83 more than yesterday.


Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said a rebound in cases was within expectations, especially since many people had gathered over the Easter holiday.

“Even if there’s a rebound in cases, it’s expected. We will monitor whether the rebound will be big,” she said.

Among the new cases, 222 were confirmed by PCR tests and the rest through rapid self-tests that were reported to the government platform.

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Chuang also said a total of 15 imported cases were recorded, including four passengers who tested positive on arrival – three aboard JL029 from Japan and one on AI316 from India. One of the passengers from Japan was suspected to be a re-positive case.

The eleven other patients were found infected on their third and fifth day in hotel quarantine, and they flew in from places such as the United States, Singapore, United Kingdom and Taiwan.

Chuang and Lau at the daily Covid press briefing

Dr Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said eight deaths were recorded yesterday, involving five males and three females aged between 49 and 95 years old.

Among these, seven did not complete their vaccination while one had three jabs.

Only one among the patients was not over 65 years old, and it involved a 49-year-old female cancer patient who fainted at home on Apr 21.


She tested positive for Covid-19 on admission to hospital where a scan also showed her cancer had spread to other parts of her body. She passed away yesterday.

Lau also said 1,716 patients are still receiving treatment at public hospitals and various infection control facilities. Among them, 16 are in intensive care with their condition classified as critical, while one is seriously ill.

The recoveries over the past 24 hours totaled 256 but only 175 have been discharged from hospitals so far.

More than 1.19million are officially listed as having contracted the coronavirus in the fifth wave of infection, although some experts say up to four million may have already been infected.

The related death toll now stands at 9,069.

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