11 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in HK, new preliminary Delta case with unknown sources involves pet shop employee in Causeway Bay (Updated: 6pm)


16th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at the 4.30pm press conference today that there were a total of 11 new COVID-19 cases reported as of 12am today, 10 of them were suspected to be infected with Omicron variant. 8 of the cases were imported, one case was epidemiologically linked with imported cases., one case was epidemiologically linked with previous case and another case is still under investigation. A total of 13,035 cases have been recorded in Hong Kong as of today.

Among them, the 41-year-old cargo aircraft cabin cleaner was diagnosed. Her residence at Wang Sin House, Cheung Wang Estate in Tsing Yi was under lockdown testing yesterday, and all residents tested negative. The full genome sequencing showed that the case was almost the same as the previous imported cases. The patients came from different places, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, and Finland, and she should have been infected by the imported cases and not a local infection.

A 43-year-old female patient who lives in Tung Moon House, Tai Hang Tung Estate arrived in Hong Kong from Pakistan on flights EK609、EK384 via Dubai tested positive today. During her compulsory quarantine at Silka Seaview Hotel in Yau Ma Tei, all 6 tests were negative. After quarantine, she returned to her residence in Shek Kip Mei. Yuen Kwok-yung, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong is inspecting Silka Seaview Hotel this afternoon.

A 23-year-old female employee at Little Boss pet shop in Jardine’s Bazaar at Causeway Bay is a newly confirmed preliminary case with unknown sources. She lives at 4 Tung Sing Road in Aberdeen. Dr.Chuang said that the patient reported suspected infection with Delta variant which may not be related to Omicron. This means that there may be a second source of transmission chain in Hong Kong. She usually bought takeout food and ate in the store away from the pets. Her main job is to clean the animal cages, refill water and food for rabbits and hamsters, and also shows pets to customers. There are less than 10 close contacts of a female salesperson. The female patient has been vaccinated with two doses of SINOVAC vaccine. Although she went to  Haidilao Hot Pot for dinner in Yau Ma Tei on 5th January, there has been no outbreak yet, and diners do not need to be quarantined. She visited La Golden Bistro restaurant at 22, Belcher’s Road and Ah Yat Pork Chop Spicy Rice Noodles at 7-11 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town on 3rd January. On 10th January, she stayed at Kew Green Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong with a friend. Her Ct value is 21 indicating a high viral load and she developed cough and sore throat.

A Foodpanda courier (Case No. 13022) who was admitted to the hospital due to a traffic accident last Wednesday preliminarily tested positive. However, since two subsequent tests revealed negative results, the case has been re-classified as a re-positive case. The close contacts have been arranged to leave the quarantine centre.

Little Boss
4 Tung Sing Road in Aberdeen
La Golden Bistro restaurant
Ah Yat Pork Chop Spicy Rice Noodles
Kew Green Hotel Wanchai Hong Kong

 As at 9am today, 27 patients who had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (case numbers: 12514, 12518, 12548, 12554, 12569, 12577, 12599, 12611, 12617, 12620,12632, 12639, 12655, 12667, 12681, 12683, 12703, 12708, 12730, 12736, 12739, 12749, 12761, 12770, 12796, 12804 and 12843) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12,393 patients have been discharged.

 A total of 388 patients who had tested positive are currently hospitalised in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, the Hospital Authority (HA) Infectious Disease Centre, the Community Treatment Facility at AsiaWorld-Expo and a public hospital. All of them are in stable condition.