109 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in HK today including 5 local cases with unknown sources, environmental samples in Wong Tai Sin test positive (Updated: 4.57pm)

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24th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk Kwan from Centre for Health Protection reported at the 4.30pm media conference that there were a total of 109 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong including 11 imported cases and 98 local cases. 5 of the local cases were of unknown sources and 24 other cases were linked to previous cases.

The outbreak in Kwai Chung Estate continued with more than 30 new cases reported today. Among them, Yat Kwai House accounted for about 27 cases, Ying Kwai House accounted for 33 cases, and 9 cases belonged to other buildings in the same estate. New cases include an air-conditioning technician who lives in Ying Kwai House and worked at an air-conditioning project on Victory Avenue. 8 others who worked at the same site were also diagnosed.

There are 2 new cases in Fu Keung House, Tai Wo Hau Estate, which is adjacent to Kwai Chung Estate. They live in two adjacent floors facing the same direction. The authorities suspected vertical transmission had occurred and will sent experts to inspect the building today.

Fu Keung House, another new preliminary cases detected, vertical transmission detected.

The 5 local cases of unknown sources include Case No.13335, a 13-year-old student at King George V School in Ho Man who lives Coastal Skyline Tower 6, Lam Tin and he tested positive for Omicron variant. The other 4 cases include a computer technician working in a bank and he lives in Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden (Case No.13340 who is an Omicron variant carrier), 53-year-old woman who lives in Kwai Yan House, Kwai Fung Estate (Case No.13353 who is an Omicron variant carrier) and she visited Kwai Chung Plaza, 49-year-old woman, a hairdresser in Wong Tai Sin who lives in Sham Shui Po and a 75-year-old man who lives in Unit E, Tropicana Gardens Block 1 in Wong Tai Sin visited Fung Tak Garden during incubation period and he is a Delta variant carrier (Case No.13382). One resident in the apartment bought a hamster from “I Love Rabbit” store on Tung Choi Street on 16th January and experts will also inspect the building later.

Environmental samples collected in the Wong Tai Sin area were found to contain both Delta and Omicron variants. Residents in the vicinity have been advised to undergo testing.

A nurse in the outpatient department of psychiatry in Prince of Wales Hospital preliminarily tested positive. A patient who went to the psychiatric outpatient clinic for follow-up on 18th January tested positive, and 31 colleagues in the specialist outpatient clinic were arranged to be tested. The female nurse preliminarily tested positive, and the rest were negative.

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