16 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported today incl. 2 local cases with unknown sources, epidemic situation continues to worsen (Updated: 5.28pm)

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19th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced today that there were 16 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12am today. Among them, 7 were local cases of which 2 of them were local cases with unknown sources and 9 were imported cases. Meanwhile, there are at least 10 preliminary COVID-19 cases reported today. 12 of the cases are Omicron variant carriers while one of them is suspected to be a Delta variant carrier which is linked to the Little Boss cluster.

There are a total of 5 local cases linked to previous cases.

After the female employee of Little Boss was diagnosed earlier, another customer who had visited the pet store also tested positive for Delta variant (Case No. 13059). In addition, animal and environmental samples from the shop were tested positive for the Delta virus. Her husband, a 73-year-old man (Case No.13073) also tested positive today. Both of them live in Block A, Ka Sing House, Ka Lung Court in Kellet Bay.

The new local cases include 42-year-old woman and her 3 year-old child at Tung Moon House,  Tai Hang Tung Estate in Sham Shui Po. An infected woman who lives in Tai Hang Tung Estate arrived to Hong Kong from Pakistan earlier. After completing quarantine, she left the hotel on 10th January and she lives in Unit 514 of Tung Moon House. After being diagnosed a few days ago, five of her family members were admitted to the quarantine centre, and all of them were infected with no symptoms.  Due to vertical transmission, 23 residents from 8 units have been evacuated. Environmental samples collected from toilet and exhaust fan tested positive for COVID-19.

Case No. 13079 is the classmate of 16-year-old boy (Case No. 13069) at Delia Memorial School in Mei Foo. They sat in the same examination room on 14th January. All 30 teachers and students need to be sent for quarantine and virus testing. The 16-year-old boy is the son of the 42-year-old Pakistani woman. Case No.13079 lives at Caribbean Coast Phase 1 Monterey Cove.

Case no. 13084 is the 3-year-old daughter of the 42-year-old woman who returned from Pakistan earlier. They live in Tung Moon House and she was quarantined at Silka Seaview Hotel earlier.

There are two local cases with unknown sources.

The first case is a 26-year-old female kindergarten teacher. The patient lives in Mei Foo Sun Chuen (Phase 3). She is a teacher at Learning Habitat Kindergarten (Novum East), who last went to work on 5th January and she developed a fever on 16th January and sought medical treatment the next day. She tested positive for COVID-19. She visited DON DON DONKI  in TST on 16th January. She is suspected to be an Omicron variant carrier. Her 28-year-old male friend who had meal with her also preliminarily tested positive. He works on the 5th floor of K11 MUSEA as a clerk. He lives in Tsuen Wan and received 2 Comirnaty vaccinations earlier. He visited Harbour city during incubation period. He developed sore throat and headache on 17th January.

K11 MUSEA

The second case with unknown sources is a 79-year-old man who lives in Yat Kwai House Kwai Chung Estate. The 79-year-old male patient was arranged to be admitted to the hospital for colon endoscopy yesterday morning (18th) and the patient preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing nucleic acid test. The patient is currently being treated in an isolation ward. The hospital immediately launched contact tracing, and temporarily a surgeon in charge of endoscopy was listed as a close contact because he did not wear any safety glasses. Another nurse also did not wear safety glasses when taking deep throat saliva samples from the patient. He visited Argyle Centre in Mong Kok and Newton Mall on 15th January and visited APM Fiesta and Lok Fu Place on 14th January.

Another resident who lives in different floor of Yat Kwai House also preliminarily tested positive.

An employee of Fly King Transportation Co Ltd, one of the export contractors of Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, was preliminarily infected with COVID-19 last night (18th). The employee worked as a forklift driver on the 5th floor of Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal. He was still working yesterday.

Cathay Pacific closed the canteen on the 3rd floor of the cargo terminal at around 11pm last night, and it has arranged for thorough cleaning and disinfection of the relevant working places, locker rooms and places of stay. It is understood that there are more than 1,000 employees on the site. He also lives at Yat Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate but on different floors and different directions.

A 17-year-old student who lives in Tower 3 Phase 2 Grand Central also preliminarily tested positive. He studies at St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School and developed fever on 15th January. On 17th January, he went to see a doctor and he tested preliminarily positive for L452R similar to Delta variant but he was not in contact with any hamsters. It is unsure if he is linked to the Little Boss cluster.

A 14-year-old student of Hong Kong Management Association David Li Kwok Po College is also a new preliminary case. He is a family member of Case No. 13079 and they live in Caribbean Coast in Tung Chung. He visited the mosque in Tung Chung on 14th January and attended a gathering with his friends at Coastal Skyline.

Another 58-year-old female teacher of Class 2E was the exam supervisor at Delia Memorial School on 11th and 14th January. One student tested positive earlier in the exam room. She lives in Ma On Shan and visited MOSTown, Chung On Shopping Centre etc during incubation period.

Three boys from the same family aged 11, 14 and 16 respectively also preliminarily tested positive. One of them studies at Lantau International School. They visited the home of Case No.13079 who is a student at Delia Memorial School  and had a meal there. The other two boys study at Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College.

Lantau International School

Regarding the emergence of the Omicron sub-variant BA.2 in Hong Kong, Dr.Chuang said that the index patient i.e. the 42-year-old Pakistani woman’s whole genome sequencing results have not been released, and CHP believes that more than ten confirmed cases may be related to BA.2.

As at 9am today, 28 patients who had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus (case numbers: 12575, 12619, 12660, 12671, 12682, 12713, 12722, 12731, 12755, 12760, 12762, 12765, 12772, 12777, 12803, 12806, 12812, 12831, 12838, 12845, 12863, 12868, 12876, 12912, 12938, 12951, 12956 and 12958) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12,474 patients have been discharged.
 
 A total of 342 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 and the Community Treatment Facility at AsiaWorld-Expo. All of them are in stable condition.
 

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