21 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported today, 2 more preliminary cases linked to Tung Ah Dispensary cluster, security guard at Penny’s Bay preliminarily tests positive (Updated:4.59pm)

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11th 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 21 new COVID-19 cases reported as of 12am today, 13 of them are imported cases and 8 of  them are import-related cases. 20 of the new cases are Omicron variant carriers.

Case No. 12966 is the unvaccinated father of the Sogo sales assistant who works at Tung Ah Dispensary in H.A.N.D.S. Case No 12611, a Cathay Pacific cabin crew member who visited the dispensary earlier has been confirmed to have the same Omicron strain with both Case No.12966 and his daughter after genome sequencing was carried out.

Case No. 12977 (fully vaccinated) is family member of Case No. 12821.

Case No.12970 is a family member of Cases No. 12841 and 12825 who works at Price Waterhouse Coopers accountancy firm in Kwun Tong. She attended a singing class.

Case No.12969 is 32-year-old woman who is linked to the Indonesian Domestic Helper at On Ning Estate. She works at Dior Homme store at Shop B57-B58 & B66, B67 The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central. She was sent to quarantine centre on 6th January. Dior Homme has since closed its shop temporarily. She visited East Point City on 3rd January and went to Golden Umee beauty salon.

Another unvaccinated male staff member of CITIC Securities (Case No. 12985) has also tested positive. He is linked to Case No.12825. He stayed at ALVA HOTEL BY ROYAL in Sha Tin. The patient went to ParknShop in North Point and Genki Sushi for lunch. The patient visited FIT 24 fitness centre on Fort Street North Point and Pure Fitness in Central. Case No. 12985 visited Broadway and McDonald’s at Telford Plaza.

For Case No. 12985, the 48-year-old male patient lives in Maple Gardens Phase III, 51 Kin Wah Street, North Point. He worked at CITIC Securities Company Limited in North Point and last went to work on 5th January. He is the colleague of cases no. 12825, 12880 and 12979. He was classified as a close contact of Case No. 12825 and was arranged to undergo quarantine at the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on January 8. He is asymptomatic and tested positive yesterday. The Government has made a “restriction-testing declaration” (RTD) tonight for the building where the patient resided and persons who resided or worked at the building will be subject to increased compulsory testing frequency.

A 16-year-old female student who is a family member of Case No. 12913 is also a newly confirmed case. She was vaccinated with 2 doses of Comirnaty.

5 more preliminary cases reported today include another family member of an earlier confirmed case at Mei Sun Building. The patient had two shots of Comirnaty vaccine. The patient works at AECOM Asia Company Limited  and inspected the construction site at Lohas Park during work. The patient also conducted training for others on Level 10 of Pearl Oriental Tower.

Two more family members of the Tung Ah Dispensary cluster are reported today. An 11-year-old boy and a 45-year-old woman who is the mother of the Sogo sales assistant are the latest preliminary cases. They visited City Super and Outback Restaurant in Sha Tin. Mrs Cheng Yam On Millennium School in Tuen Mun announced today that a 11-year-old Primary 6 student has preliminarily tested positive. The student returned to school from 6th to 7th January, and the school will suspend face-to-face classes until further notice.

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A 51-year-old female security guard at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre also preliminarily tested positive and lives alone in Block 3 of Po Tin Estate in Tuen Mun. She was involved in arranging and handling of items, daily necessities and luggage for quarantined persons. She has been tested continuously. On 8th January, her result was negative. On 10th January, she had a sore throat and discomfort and her test turned positive. The CT value was 25 and 26. She usually wore protective clothing and worked from 9am to 9pm and ate in the container warehouse.

Dr.Chuang said that many new cases have erupted in Tuen Mun and she believes that there is an invincible transmission chain in the area.

Case No.12962 was a confirmed case reported yesterday involving an infected 43-year-old woman who attended Witman Hung’s birthday party in Wan Chai. The woman went to the Happy Valley Racecourse on the evening of 5th January and participated in an event with the fellow owners of the V CHEVALIERS horse, including Ma Ho-fai, chairperson of Travel Industry Authority. She went to a private premises at 115, Connaught Road West with Case No.12838, Celia Wong to drink before attending the birthday party. At least 5 of them were present at the premises. Dr.Chuang highlighted today that the address of the private premises should be 155 Connaught Road West and it is a private place, and the authorities will take legal action if anyone misled them. Another 7-8 people who were present were also sent to quarantine.

As at 9am today, eight patients who had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Cases No: 12520, 12543, 12553, 12555, 12557, 12570, 12578 and 12602) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12,304 patients have been discharged.

A total of 406 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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