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Covid cases drop below 300 but CTNs, lockdowns continue

03 May 2022

By The SUN


Residents issued with a CTN queue up outside a community testing centre in Quarry Bay

Health authorities reported 283 new Covid infections on Monday, the lowest number recorded in nearly three months.

Among these cases, 120 were detected through PCR tests while the rest were reported by people who did rapid self-tests.

Despite an earlier warning that imported cases may rise after Hong Kong was opened to tourists starting yesterday, the number of travelers who were found infected had dropped to 11.  

Eight of the cases were detected through PCR tests while three tested positive on rapid antigen tests.


Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said among those who tested positive by PCR test was a 45-year-old man who was found infected 12 days after flying in from Thailand.

Au said the patient tested negative for Covid on arrival and during his hotel quarantine, but a test he had a community testing centre on May 1 came back negative.

"We can't say whether it is a local or imported case yet. But it could be a local case, as his RAT results have all along been negative, until it was positive on May 1,” he said.

But because the positive result came within the 14-day quarantine period, his case is being classified as imported initially, pending genome analysis.

Meanwhile, Dr Larry Lee of the Hospital Authority reported five additional Covid-related deaths, including three reported on Sunday. They took the death toll from the Omicron outbreak to 9,318.


Separately, the government issued compulsory testing notices for 40 more places across the city.

Covered by the CTNs are buildings located in Lam Tin, Ngau Tau Kok, Chai Wan, Tai Po, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Hung Hom, San Po Kong, Lai Chi Kok, Shek Tong Tsui, Sheung Shui, Tin Shui Wai, Tuen Mun, Ma On Shan, Tseung Kwan O, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Cheung Sha Wan, Quarry Bay, Aberdeen, Tsing Yi, Yuen Long, Kwai Chung, Happy Valley, Sha Tin and Kowloon Bay.

Anyone who has lived or visited any of these places for at least two hours from Apr 26 to May 2 must get a PCR test.

The cluster notices are being issued daily, 40 buildings at a time, since the Omicron outbreak began to ease last month.

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At the same time, residents of the following buildings have been urged to undergo rapid antigen tests after the sewage samples from the premises tested positive for the virus with a high viral load:

·       Tuen Mun District – Chelsea Heights

·       Kowloon City District – Residential premises around Tam Kung Road and Shing Tak Street (See Annex)

·       Sai Kung District – King Ming Court, Well On Garden, Finery Park, Radiant Towers and Po Lam Estate

·       Sham Shui Po District – Dynasty Heights and Beacon Heights

·       Tsuen Wan District – Bayview Garden, Serenade Cove, Phase 1 – 3 of Belvedere Garden and Greenview Court

·       Yau Tsim Mong District – Man Cheong Building, Man King Building, Man Yiu Building, Man Yuen Building, Man Ying Building, Man Wah Building, Man Wai Building, Man Fai Building, Chungking Mansions, Hankow Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion, Far East Mansion, Mirador Mansion, Hai Phong Mansion and Harilela Mansion


At least one residential building was put under “restriction testing declaration” or lockdown overnight - Block 4, Serenity Place in Tseung Kwan O.

All residents in the building were told to remain in their houses and undergo compulsory testing. The order will be lifted early today, when everyone in the restricted area has undergone testing and the results are obtained.

On Sunday, a lockdown was also ordered on all residents of Wing Shing House, Fung Shing Court in Sha Tin.

Out of 1,439 persons who had undergone testing, two tested positive and were referred to the CHP for follow-up action.


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