21st March 2020 – (Hong Kong) There were a total of 48 confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, the single highest day spike in Hong Kong since the beginning of the outbreak. Total number of party-goers and expatriates in the Soho area and LKF dropped over 80% yesterday after they were spooked by more than 8 COVID-19 patients linked to LKF cluster. They partied at numerous restaurant/bars/clubs and visited Pure Fitness.
A newly infected patient, the 191st case attended the wedding dinner at Auberge Discovery Bay Hotel where 4 others also tested positive. The 34-year-old woman who lives on High Street in Sai Ying Pun, like the 217th case and the 35-year-old man (275th case), works at CCT Telecom Building in Fo Tan and was suspected to be an employee of Watson’s. The patient activity information disclosed by the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health revealed that the two had gone to Lan Kwai Fong to eat with the 250th case, a 27-year-old woman; however, according to the updated schedule by the authorities, it was not known where the three were eating together, but it was found that the 35-year-old man was in Soho and Lan Kwai Fong areas three times during the incubation period. They went again to LKF and Soho in the next two days to many bars and restaurants. They went to at least three venues per day and in total 9 venues in LKF and Soho.
Centre For Health Protection confirmed that when the 217th case was first infected, she visited a bar at 63 Wyndham Street, KINSHIP at 2-4 Shelly Street and H-Code at 45, Pottinger Street on 13th March. Restaurants and bars in H CODE include Root Central, Pin Wine Restaurant, Birdie, Yakiniku Great Soho, The Chicken Bar, Tree House, NOJO and Kagesha Lounge (Due to oversight, we have added Le Petitie Maison this morning but the restaurant is located at H Queen and not H CODE, hence it is not in the list). The infected patients reportedly visited Kagesha Lounge in the building. They also visited Draftland on Wyndham Street.
On 14th March, she visited a bar/club at Ho Lee Commercial Building at 44 D’Aguilar Street, Central and a bar at 37-43, Cochrane Street. She also went partying at Brickhouse, a late-night Mexican restaurant and bar at 20A, D’Aguilar Street. There are numerous bars and clubs in the Ho Lee Commercial Building which include VOLAR and Bloop Shisha Lounge, Sake Bar Ginn and Charcoal Hong Kong. It is unclear which bar they visited. According to sources, they visited Volar.
On 15th March, she went to 46, Wyndham Street (Winning Centre) and visited bars near The Centrium on Wyndham Street. Bars around the area include Dragon-I, Bungalow and SOLAS. It is unclear which bar/outlet she visited in particular. She also visited No, 5, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. She returned to work on 17th March at CCT Telecom Building in Fo Tan. Establishment near 5, Lan Kwai Fong includes Ebeneezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria (Indian & Middle-Eastern) Restaurant but CHP has not specified the name of the outlet she visited. The owner of Ebeneezer’s responded and claimed that he has checked with the authorities and his outlet was not affected.
Earlier, the 182nd case, a 50-year-old woman who works at a Canadian International School also visited LKF in Central and partied with friends. She has no travel record. Authorities are now tracking the close contacts.