28th February 2021 – (Hong Kong) The COVID-19 cases have rebounded again and the number of confirmed cases increased to 33 yesterday (27th), and the number of patients cluster outbreak at Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining in K11 MUSEA rose to 34 confirmed patients and 7 preliminary cases. A superspreader was detected but undeterred, many citizens continued to dine out every day in defiance of social distancing measures.
The Centre for Health Protection updated the patient’s whereabouts at night, and 25 more restaurants were visited by the latest COVID-19 patients including many well-known restaurants such as AFURI Ramen + Dumpling at 2/F THE ONE, 100 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Meet Fresh at Shop G46, G/F, Citywalk, 1 Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, Coast Seafood & Grill at Shops C&D, G/F, Florida Mansion, Food Street, 9-11 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay etc.
In addition, a 42-year-old female patient (Case No. 10968) who visited Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining has visited 6 popular restaurants during incubation period between 22nd and 24th February including Blue Bottle Coffee at Podium Level Three, IFC Mall Central, Little Bao at G/F, Opposite the Victoria Park, Shop H1 , 9 Kingston Street , Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Red Lobster at Fashion Walk, 8 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, newly-open Saori Pancake at Unit B, Ground floor, Haywood Mansion, 57 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay and Dazzling Cafe at Shop 313-314, 3/F, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay. The patient lives at liberté at 833 Lai Chi Kok Road, Cheung Sha Wan. She started to feel unwell on 23rd February. She also visited Mei Foo Sun Chuen Stage 8, 118-120 Boardway, Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Harbour East and Hang Lung Centre in Causeway Bay.
In addition, a 63-year-old male patient (Case No. 10972) living in Discovery Bay, who became ill on 22nd February, also visited Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining. He reported that he had visited Dragon Inn Seafood Restaurant at 19.5 Miles, Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Song Cha Xie (Tea House) at Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Ole Spanish Restaurant at 1/F, Shun Ho Tower, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central.
Other restaurants visited by latest COVID-19 patients include MR & MRS FOX, 23 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, Coast Seafood & Grill at Shops C&D, G/F, Florida Mansion, Food Street, 9-11 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Genki Sushi at Shop B7-B9, M/F, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Wing Shun Food Shop at G/F, Koon Wong Mansion, 2 Yuen Long On Ning Road, Yuen Long, Café de Coral at Shop no. R228B, Level 2, Butterfly Plaza, Tuen Mun, Big Top Restaurant at Shop 8-19, G/F, North Wing, The Trend Plaza, 2 Tuen Lung Street, Tuen Mun, Yeh Lam Kwok Restaurant at Waldorf Garden in Tuen Mun, “Hong Kong Taste” at Choi Hung Building, Chef de Singapore, Cosmopolitan Estate Tai Moon Building, 43 Tai Tsun Street, Tai Kok Tsui (There was also a case reported two days ago), Heichinrou at 6, Millennium City Phase V, 6/F, 392 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, WM Café & Bar at Shop 3094, 3/F, OP Mall, 100 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan (There was also a case reported two days ago), Tao Heung at Shop 40-44, Ocean Walk, 168-236 Wu Chui Road, Tuen Mun, Sour and Spicy Noodle at 867～885, Canton Road, Mong Kok and Ben Hui Fast Food at Shop 5, 2/F, Tai Hing Estate Shopping Center, Tuen Mun
The relaxation of social distancing measures announced during the Lunar New Year will expire next Wednesday (3rd March). However, a cluster outbreak involving around 41 patients (including preliminary cases) took place recently at Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining in K11 MUSEA and many are concerned that measures may be tightened again.
Some catering industry players believe that this cluster outbreak has little to do with the relaxation of dine-in evening meals. They said that it will be unreasonable for the authorities to implement “one size fits all” tightening rules due to the isolated incident.
However, the total number of restaurants visited by the latest COVID-19 patients is becoming more alarming and the government will struggle next week to tighten the measures again.