121 new COVID-19 cases reported in HK today including a new cluster outbreak involving 11 people at a multi-level marketing company (Updated: 8pm)


31st July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.45pm today that there are 121 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) including 3 imported cases, 62 local cases linked to previous cases and 61 of local cases have unknown sources. Hong Kong has maintained over 100 cases each day for ten days in a row.

The 3 imported cases include a foreign domestic helper from the Philippines, seafarer from India and a businessman from Mexico.

Cases No. 2251 and 2336 who are both seafarers have lost touch with the Department of Health. Immigration Department and police are tracing them.

48 local cases are family members and friends linked to previously infected cases. There are also other cases linked to workplace/clinics/elderly home where there were a few cluster outbreaks.

3 more new cases are linked to CORNWALL ELDERLY’S HOME, San Hui, Tuen Mun. Case 3163 is linked to the Tao Heung The Pier Market cluster at Grand Plaza, Mong Kok.

Case 2176 is a taxi driver who was diagnosed during the mass virus testing.

2 new cases are reported at Metro Radio station in Whampoa. A total of 8 cases have been reported at the radio station.

One more employee from the office of KIN SHING (LEUNG’S) GENERAL CONTRACTORS LIMITED located at Millenium City in Kwun Tong is infected. A cleaner at the office building also tested positive.

Another cluster outbreak took place at a multi-level marketing office called Star Global on Argyle Street, Kowloon. A total of 6 new cases are reported and 5 were tested preliminarily positive. Cosmetics and wines are sold via the multi-level marketing company. Others in close contact will be traced. The company organised promotional events and trained its company executives in another building in Prince Edward, Mong Kok.

Preliminary cases include one elder from an elderly home in Fanling. 1 new preliminary case involving an employee is recorded at Caritas Evergreen Home on High Street in Sai Ying Pun.

A maintenance technician in the workshop of the Kowloon Bay Depot of the MTR was diagnosed with the new coronavirus. He was unwell and sought medical treatment earlier (25th July). He was tested later and stayed at home to rest and wait for the results.

Meanwhile, HSBC announced that an employee of the ground floor branch of the Whampoa Garden Phase 4 shopping mall and the Premier Centre was diagnosed with COVID-19 infection yesterday, and the branch will temporarily suspend services until further notice. The employee was last on duty at the above-mentioned branch on 23rd July, and his main responsibility was to answer customer inquiries. Since the 27th, he has been working from home.

 A total of 2 COVID-19 patients passed away today. Queen Mary Hospital announced that a 91-year-old male patient passed away in the morning. The patient had a long-term illness. He was diagnosed on 10th July and was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate, and he passed away at 11.34 am today. The man is a member of the Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre.

Earlier this morning, the spokesperson for Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) announced that a 82-year-old female patient confirmed with COVID-19 (case no: 2747) passed away today. The patient with chronic disease was admitted to TMH on 26th July due to fever. Her condition continued to deteriorate and the hospital communicated with relatives about the patient’s condition. Relatives agreed to have Do-Not-Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation if the patient condition further deteriorated. The patient eventually succumbed at 00.18am today.

The Hospital was saddened about the passing of the patient and would offer necessary assistance to her family.

Including the above cases, 27 COVID-19 confirmed patients have passed away in public hospitals so far.

A 71-year-old female patient in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a patient with chronic disease was dizzy before being admitted into the general ward on the evening of 29th July. She had no fever and was unwell yesterday afternoon. She was transferred to the isolation ward and was initially diagnosed last night. Ten patients in the same ward are required to be quarantined. The doctors and nurses wore protective clothing and do not need to be quarantined. The Hospital Authority clarified that Queen Elizabeth Hospital has no plan to require all patients to be admitted to the hospital after testing, but there will be a strengthened laboratory monitoring plan to assess risks for testing. Another nurse in the oncology department visited a patient’s home. Later, the patient’s husband and domestic helper were also diagnosed and the medical staff in close contact must be quarantined.

 As at 9am today, 91 COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1301, 1352, 1360, 1408, 1435, 1467, 1483, 1510, 1535, 1538, 1599, 1614, 1642, 1652, 1690, 1693, 1695, 1703, 1719, 1727, 1738, 1748, 1758, 1759, 1787, 1790, 1812, 1851, 1857, 1878, 1905, 1917, 1920, 1925, 1950, 1953, 1959, 1964, 1971, 1992, 2013, 2015, 2035, 2040, 2046, 2061, 2069, 2085, 2096, 2100, 2113, 2126, 2134, 2138, 2139, 2142, 2150, 2169, 2175, 2185, 2200, 2201, 2207, 2210, 2213, 2214, 2217, 2220, 2222, 2239, 2256, 2276, 2283, 2309, 2325, 2371, 2376, 2440, 2461, 2467, 2496, 2504, 2512, 2556, 2585, 2594, 2625, 2651, 2679, 2730 and 2872) were discharged from hospital. So far a total of 1,751 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

 At present, there are 656 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,236 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 1,187 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 16 public hospitals and a community isolation facility, among which 43 patients are in critical condition (case numbers: 595, 1346, 1401, 1424, 1470, 1473, 1491, 1497, 1498, 1612, 1650, 1679, 1718, 1767, 1777, 1779, 1806, 1835, 1940, 1955, 1989, 2048, 2075, 2079, 2086, 2115, 2133, 2161, 2172, 2208, 2269, 2315, 2408, 2458, 2479, 2484, 2522, 2703, 2705, 2746, 2896, 2941 and 2942), 39 are in serious condition (case numbers: 1315, 1556, 1687, 1722, 1795, 1798, 1805, 1843, 1912, 1952, 1956, 1998, 2033, 2078, 2143, 2148, 2246, 2282, 2288, 2313, 2334, 2358, 2362, 2412, 2422, 2452, 2560, 2576, 2591, 2595, 2650, 2657, 2769, 2789, 2792, 2894, 2901, 2940 and 2951) and the remaining 1,105 patients are in stable condition.