14 new COVID-19 cases reported in HK Today incl. two nurses in Tuen Mun and Foodpanda courier who preliminarily test positive (Updated: 5.30pm)

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13th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection announced at the 4.30pm press conference today that there were a total of 14 new COVID-19 cases reported as of 12am today. 9 of them are imported cases, 4 local case are import-related cases and 1 possible import-related case. There are less than 10 preliminary cases reported today.

The four cases epidemiologically linked with imported case are Case No.13010 (83-year-old female who is a household contact of Cases No. 12985), 13012 (20-year-old male who visited the Nabe Urawa at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay for dinner in the evening on 4th January), 13014 (19-year-old male who claimed to be a family member of case 12913 not living together) and 13021 (40-year-old female who is a household contact of Case No.12913). The possibly import-related case is Case No. 13011 (32-year-old male who lives in a unit B but on different floor of the residence of Case No.12985 at Maple Gardens Phase III, North Point).

Among the new cases reported today, a 20-year-old man (Case No. 3012) went to Nabe Urawa restaurant at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay to have hotpot. He is a student at the University of Hong Kong and last went to school in mid-December last year. He also works part-time in Dustykid Tea Shop – Light as Dust in Sheung Wan and Wan Chai and last went to work on 6th January. He went to a community testing centre on 11th January for test in accordance with the relevant compulsory testing notice and tested preliminarily positive. He developed symptoms on 8th January with a Ct value of less than 30. He received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) on 4th August and 25th August, 2021 in Hong Kong.

All 41 environmental samples taken by the authorities at the restaurant did not detect any virus. Looking through the information, from 7.40pm to 9.34pm on 4th January, a total of 19 tables were occupied and a total of 44 customers were present. All need to be quarantined. There were three table that paid by cash including the patient and 14 tables paid by credit cards. Authorities are looking for customers who paid by cash. All of these people have to be quarantined.

There are less than 10 preliminary cases reported today, including a part-time 21-year-old nurse in Cheung Sze Man clinic who usually works at JP Partners Medical Centre Limited in Tuen Mun. She was in contact with the son of the owner of Tung Ah Dispensary in H.A.N.D.S during consultation earlier. On 3rd January, she followed a doctor to see a patient who was diagnosed with COVID-19. She is also a nursing student at the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University. In addition, she has also worked in clinics in New Town Building in Tuen Mun and a clinic in Yan Ching Street in Tuen Mun.

Another nurse who also worked in the Cheung Sze Man clinic in Tuen Mun also preliminarily tested positive, but the working hours of the two did not overlap. However, 45 patients on 3rd January and 138 patients on 5th January were in contact with the nurse, so it is necessary for them to undergo quarantine testing . A 29-year-old Pakistani man is also listed as the preliminary case. He returned to Hong Kong from Kenya last Saturday (8th) to work at the Kai Tak site and as a Food Panda courier. During the quarantine period, no virus was detected. Last night (12th), he had a traffic accident and was admitted to the hospital and sent to the intensive care unit. He lives in Yat Wan House, Tin Yat Estate in Tin Shui Wai and needs further examination to determine whether he is a re-positive case.

The family member of a 73-year-old woman (Case No 12860) who danced at the Causeway Bay Community Centre also preliminarily tested positive and she lives in Block 3, City Garden, North Point. Dr.Chuang mentioned that the genome sequencing of the confirmed female security guard in Penny’s Bay is the same as that of the earlier confirmed Cathay Pacific flight attendant (Case No. 12676). The test result of the female security guard was still negative on 8th January. On 9th January, she posted a notice on the door of an infected patient but there was no direct contact. Authorities are still learning more about the transmission channel. The temporary case is temporarily listed as related to Case No.12960.

Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis of cases announced earlier conducted by the PHLSB confirmed that Cases No.12842, 12845 to 12853, 12856, 12857, 12859, 12863, 12866, 12867 and 12869 all carried the Variant of Concern Omicron. Together with the aforementioned cases, there are so far 327 cases involving Omicron in Hong Kong.

As at 9am today, 11 patients who had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Cases No. 12504, 12550, 12551, 12560, 12583, 12586, 12618, 12638, 12657, 12710 and 12763) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12 327 patients have been discharged.

A total of 426 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.

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