Record 140 COVID-19 cases reported today including 94 residents and visitors of Yat Kwai House (Updated: 5.33pm)


23rd January 2022 – (Hong Kong)  Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced today that there were 140 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12am today, the highest daily number since the beginning of the fifth wave.

The total comprised 15 imported cases, 125 local cases of which 94 of them are residents and visitors of Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate.

There are also 9 confirmed cases in Ying Kwai House and 1 confirmed case in Nga Wai House in Kwai Chung Estate.

A total of 17 cases were linked to previous cases including a customer who bought a hamster from Little Boss pet shop on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok on 7th January. The patient has tested positive for Delta variant.

Three new cases involving are linked to the  Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College cluster.

In addition, there is also a new case at the construction site of Cheung Shan Estate. A colleague of a staff member at a Mannings branch who lives Yat Kwai House was diagnosed. People who have been to the Mannings branch must be tested, and other employees must be quarantined.

1 new case is linked to the Star Seafood Restaurant at 271 Des Voeux Rd West, Sai Ying Pun in Sheung Wan. A 61-year-old retired woman living on High Street in Sai Ying Pun has tested positive. She went to Star Seafood Restaurant at 271 Des Voeux Rd West, Sai Ying Pun in Sheung Wan for lunch. Case No.13073 and a patient from the hamster cluster were also present.

Meanwhile, family members of Case No 13110, 13107 and 13103 also tested positive respectively. 1 employee at Mannings store in Kwai Hing Estate also tested positive. Two more cases also emerged from the Li Cheng Uk Government Primary School cluster.

There are 4 local cases with unknown sources. They include an 18-year-old student (Case No.13155) who lives in Fu Tak House, Tai Wo Hau Estate. She studies at Delia Memorial School (Glee Path). The other 3 include Case No.13163, a 6-year-old boy who lives in La Rossa – Coastal Skyline Phase 3, Lam Tin, Case No.13157, a 31-year-old unemployed woman who lives in Mei Pak Court, Tai Wai and Case No.13282, a 44-year-old man who works as an elevator maintenance technician for Mitsubishi. He lives in MOSTown and he is suspected to be infected with Delta variant.

A 49-year-old male employee who lives at Yat Kwai House and works at EVERGREEN (KWAI CHUNG ESTATE) NURSING HOME also tested positive.

More than 100 preliminary cases were reported today.

A cleaner at a residential care home under Salvation Army and a construction worker who lives in Ying Kwai House also tested preliminarily positive.

The spokesperson for the Hospital Authority announced that two Patient Care Assistants from Prince of Wales Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital respectively preliminarily tested positive. The two gathered for dinner at Yat Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate on 16th January. 5 others were present. One of them lives in Yat Kwai House and works in the surgery room. The patiently mainly cleans and prepares supplies. 6 patients were listed as close contacts. 140 people have been tested, and all 18 people are negative for the time being.

The other 53-year-old patient works in the intensive care of paediatrics in Princess Margaret Hospital. The patient lives in Cho Yiu Chuen. The patient once removed the mask in the pantry to talk with others.

Also, Secretary for Food and Health, Dr.Sophia Chan said that it is still too early to say whether to relax or tighten social distancing measures after the Lunar New Year but she hopes that the public will reduce going out to reduce the flow of people, and the focus is to cut off the chain of community transmission.

Dr.Edwin Tsui, controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, pointed out during the press conference today that there are several directions for investigation of the epidemic situation in Kwai Chung Estate. Among them, Yat Kwai House and Ying Kwai House were are lockdown for five days and more cases were found. 126cases have been found at Yat Kwai House, 30 more than yesterday. 8 cases yesterday and 3 more cases were found in Ying Kwai House today adding to a total of 41 cases. Tsui said that cases were distributed on different floors and in different orientations. The environmental samples of Ying Kwai House mostly tested positive and the outbreak may have taken place for more than 3-4 days.