12 new COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong including the bass clarinet player in HK Phil and a businessman who visited ZUMA in Central (Updated: 4.56pm)

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15th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there are 12 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) with 8 imported cases and 4 local cases. 2 cases are linked to previous cases while 2 cases have unknown sources. Total cases have reached 5,214.

According to Dr Chui Tak-yi, Under Secretary for Food and Health, in the past one week, 60% of total infections were local cases while 9% were local cases with unknown sources.

There are a total of 8 imported cases. Cases No. 5203 and 5211 are returnees from France. There is also a returnee from the Philippines, returnee from Nepal (Case No. 5208), 2 Indonesian returnees (Cases No. 5209 and 5214) and a domestic helper who arrived from Indonesia (Case No. 5212). Case No. 5213 is a returnee from Nepal.

2 cases are linked to previous cases. Case No. 5206 is a family member of a previously infected case. Case No. 5210 tested during isolation at a quarantine centre.

There are two cases of unknown sources today. Case No. 5205 is the 35-year-old foreign bass clarinet player of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorenzo Antonio Iosco who tested positive for COVID-19. He started to develop a fever on the 11th of this month and visited North Lantau Hospital and Union Hospital respectively on the same day before being tested positive in preliminary diagnosis. The patient participated in an orchestra performance at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on the night of 9th and 10th of this month. The CHP appeals to the audience attending the concert of the orchestra on those two days to be tested for the virus. The 90 over performers and other backstaff are also sent for testing. Audience who attended the two events is urged to undergo testing.

Case No.5207 is a 73-year-old businessman who lives in Flamingo Garden, Fei Ngo Shan and works at Houston Centre Shopping Arcade. He tested positive during a minor surgery at Union Hospital. He visited Kowloon Cricket Club to play cricket on 9th October before the onset of illness. He also had a meal at ZUMA Japanese Restaurant in Landmark Central during incubation period on 10th October. Around 200 members and staff at the Kowloon Cricket Club will be tested for the virus.

ZUMA restaurant at Landmark, Central.

Dr. Linda Yu from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today,  126 confirmed patients were being treated in 18 hospitals of the HA and AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment facilities. Among them, 12 are in critical condition, 6 are in serious condition, and 108 are in stable condition.

11 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from the hospital in the last 24 hours. A total of 4,942 patients with confirmed infection and 1 probable infection have been discharged so far.

No patients have passed away in the past 24 hours.

At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,115 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 60.2% and 623 negative pressure wards have been put to use, with a utilisation rate of 66%.

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