24 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported today including 2 local cases with unknown sources, 1 patient infected in restaurant toilet in Aberdeen

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21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced today that there were 24 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12am today. Among them, 18 were local cases including 2 cases with unknown sources. 5 of them were suspected to be infected with Delta variants. Meanwhile, there were 6 imported COVID-19 cases.

There are more than 20 preliminary confirmed cases today, of which 10 are related to Yat Kwai House, including visitors and employees. A 30-year-old woman who lives in Shing Him House (Block H), Tin Shing Court, Tin Shui Wai she went to Little Boss Pet Shop in Causeway Bay on 11th January to buy hamsters. She had contact with the infected female employee of Little Boss (Case No. 13047). The woman sent for inspection on 18th January and the virus was detected the next day.

Another 23-year-old woman, who lives in Mei Yue House, Shek Kip Mei Estate, went to one of the Little Boss pet stores on Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok to buy hamsters on 4th January. She had runny nose on 17th January and went to the community centre for testing on 19th January.

In addition, an 82-year-old man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and lives in Kong Cheong Court, Aberdeen Centre. He went to “Dragon Place” restaurant at 1/F, ac3, 1-5 Nam Ning Street, Aberdeen with his wife to have breakfast every morning. The 73-year-old man (Case No. 13073), the husband of another woman who bought hamsters from Little Boss was also present at the restaurant. The L452R variant virus strain was detected in the 82-year-old man but the two sat far away from each other. They were both present at noon and went to the toilet. The government will take samples from the restaurant. It cannot be ruled out that the infection occurred in the toilet. The employees of the restaurant will need to be quarantined and will be closed for 14 days for cleaning.

The local cases of unknown sources today include a 37-year-old man who lives in Block 1, New Haven, 363 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan, and works in Room C, 12/F, Po Yip Building, Kwun Tong. The last day of work was on 18th January, and he developed a cough on the same day. He went to a private doctor the next day and was diagnosed with the virus.

Another 24-year-old man lives in Cheung Yan House, Cheung Sha Wan Estate. He works as a social worker assistant at the HKSKH Lady MacLehose Centre at 1/F, 22 Wo Yi Hop Road, Kwai Chung. The last day of work was on 17th January, and he had runny nose and sore throat on the same day. The patient consulted a private doctor, and the virus was detected the next day.

In addition, there are 2 preliminary cases with unknown sources reported today, including a 40-year-old construction worker who lives at No. 30 Nam Cheong Street. He works in Cheung Shan Estate, Kwai Chung, and a swimming pool in Tin Shui Wai. He went to the hospital on 20th January and was diagnosed with the virus. The sources of infection remains unknown.

Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis of cases announced earlier conducted by the PHLSB confirmed that Cases no. 13001, 13002, 13038, 13039, 13042, 13043, 13046, 13048 to 13050 and 13079 all carried the Variant of Concern Omicron. Together with the aforementioned cases, there are so far 506 cases involving Omicron in Hong Kong.

As at 9am today (January 21), 21 patients who had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Cases No. 12579, 12607, 12627, 12634, 12697, 12698, 12740, 12743, 12751, 12756, 12757, 12774, 12817, 12827, 12829, 12834, 12881, 12903, 12921, 12961 and 12998) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12,514 patients have been discharged.

 A total of 333 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 two public hospitals. All of them are in stable condition.

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