19th November 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Wong Ka-hing from Hospital Authority said there were more than 20 preliminary COVID-19 cases reported today. The situation is worrying as the transmission in the community has already spread rapidly. He urged citizens not to go out necessarily. High-risk groups should leverage the testing facilities set up by the Hong Kong government to undergo testing services. Outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection have also occurred at multiple schools recently and affected schools have suspended classes for at least 7 days. Since 15th November, there have been outbreaks in 133 primary schools and 1 secondary school, and the situation is deteriorating. The authorities will send sample bottles to schools where the outbreak has occurred.
Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there were 12 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 8 imported cases, 2 local cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 2 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases have reached 5,492.
The newly imported cases include a Filipino domestic helper, a cabin crew member from U.S., a pilot from U.S. who arrived in Hong Kong via Korea, two returnees who arrived from U.K. via flight no. CX252 and 3 returnees from India.
There are 2 local cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases. One of them lives in Tung Chung and he is a 5-year-old boy. On 8th November, he was admitted to Princess Magaret Hospital. His whole family was infected with COVID-19. Case No. 5492 is a close contact of a previous case at Yue Tin Court with no symptoms.
Meanwhile, there are two local cases with unknown sources. Case No. 5484 is a retiree who lives at Long Beach Tower 2 Tai Kok Tsui with family members. On 14th November, the patient started to feel unwell before seeking medical help from a private doctor. He was subsequently tested positive on 17th November. The patient had meals with 4 friends and 1 friend respectively on 10th and 12th of November.
Case No. 5487 is a 75-year-old businesswoman who works at 1, Lynhurst Terrace in Central. She lives at Victoria Heights, 43A, Stubbs Road. On 14th November, between 3-5pm, she went to a ballroom and Latin dance venue i.e. Starlight Dance Club located on the 32nd floor, 353, Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. 5 other preliminary cases also visited the same club on 14th November. A potential outbreak may have taken place at the venue. Around 10 employees need to undergo virus testing and isolation.
Two teachers from Starlight Dance Club also visited Heavenly Dance studio at 8/F, 9 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan to teach dance classes. Students who attended classes at Starlight Dance Club have been urged to undergo testing as soon as possible.
The preliminary cases include a 73-year-old man and his family member, a 37-year-old man who lives at Shan King Estate in Tuen Mun. The 37-year-old man with special needs attended training in Leung King Adult Training Centre. Another 7 students and staff at the school will be tested. The school will be suspended pending disinfection.
Another 27-year-old man who lives in Ho Man Tin with family members also tested preliminarily positive. He works at a construction site in Yuen Long with around 12 others in the same team. They will also be sent for testing. More than 100 others who worked at the site will also be tested. He developed symptoms on 15th November. On 17th November, he went to Olympian Hong Kong Hotel for staycation/birthday party until 1am.
Another 31-year-old foreigner who tested preliminarily positive lives on Tung Lo Wan Road. The patient has lived in Hong Kong since January. The patient has 2 friends who were in close contact with the patient and they were also preliminarily tested positive.
Another 61-year-old female patient is a morning-shift security guard at Greenwood Garden. On 15th November, she went to Sha Tin to have dinner with family members. She lives at Garden Rivera in Sha Tin.
2 other patients are housewives. One of them lives on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok and the other patients lives at Braemar Hill.
Another 63-year-old male day-shift taxi driver who shares with two other night-shift taxi drivers is also a new preliminary case. He lives in Po Tai House, Po Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O with family members.
Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 109 confirmed patients were being treated in 19 of the Hospital Authority. Among them, 8 are in critical condition, 2 are in serious condition, and 99 are in stable condition.
As at 9am today, 9 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 5,233 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,077 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 62% and 594 negative pressure wards have been put to use with a utilisation rate of 69%.