22nd January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced today that there were 26 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 12am today. Among them, there was an imported case and the remaining cases were all local cases including 3 cases with unknown sources. 10 of them are linked to Yat Kwai House of Kwai Chung Estate while 8 of them were residents and visitors of Yat Kwai House. Another 2 cases were resident and child at Yat Kwai House. A total of 13,145 cases were recorded in Hong Kong to-date.
Since Yat Kwai House and Ying Kwai House are linked to Tai Wo Hau Estate which has a total of 17 blocks following redevelopment, a major transmission chain may have spread as there are a few new cases reported at Tai Wo Hau Estate. Chuang said that the virus was detected in several environmental samples of Yat Kwai House including the elevator corridor on the 8th floor and the garbage room on the 7th floor. The relevant departments are already handing the situation. She reminded the residents to clean sewage openings, and admitted that the current situation is difficult to control.
Another person who visited Little Boss pet shop also tested positive. The customer a friend of another customer who visited the pet shop earlier.
5 students from Classes 3B (2 students), 2B, 2C and 4B at Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College also tested positive.
Two family members (Cases No.13146 and 13144) of the teacher at Delia Memorial School also tested positive. Two family members of the 17-year-old student infected earlier at Grand Central in Kwun Tong also tested positive.
A student at Li Cheng Uk Government Primary School also tested positive. The student had no contact with previously infected student.
There are 3 local cases with unknown sources and they include the 40-year-old construction worker who lives on Nam Cheong Street in Sham Shui Po. He works at Cheung Shan Estate and Tin Shui Wai Swimming Pool. His last day of work was on 19th January and he visited Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok on 16th January. He sought medical help on 29th January at public hospital after developing symptoms the day before. He received 2 shots of Comirnaty vaccine on 24th August and 14th September last year. His genetic sequencing result is similar to the previous Case No. 13045.
An 81-year-old retired woman who lives in Fu Keung House, Tai Wo Hau Estate is also a local case with unknown sources. She received 3 CoronaVac vaccinations earlier. Her Ct value is 17 indicating a high viral load. She is suspected to be linked to a security guard (Case No. 13147) who works at Ta Wo Hau Estate.
Another local case with unknown sources works on the 10th floor of the Labour Department as a security guard. The patient lives in Lam Bik House, Lam Tin Estate.
Meanwhile, there are more than 100 preliminary confirmed cases today and 96 residents/visitors of Yat Kwai House are included. Another cleaner of Ying Kwai House is also a preliminary case. 5 more residents of Ying Kwai House are preliminarily tested.
Another patient is a female health assistant in the Antenatal Ward of Princess Margaret Hospital preliminarily tested positive. The employee lived in Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate and had meals with colleagues. The ward currently prohibits women from visiting the baby after giving birth and no one is allowed to be present during the delivery.
Two patient service assistants in the prenatal ward of Princess Margaret Hospital contracted the virus and were classified as preliminary cases. One of them was an assistant in the antenatal ward who lived on the 18th floor of Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate. Both of them removed masks to chat in the pantry. No virus was found in the environmental samples of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynaecology department and the test samples of employees. At present, women after giving birth are not allowed to visit their babies in the ward, and no one is allowed to be present during the delivery. At present, 50 people are listed as other close contacts. 20 have been tested and no virus has been detected. The other 30 patients were handed over to the Hospital Authority for processing.
A 49-year-old male employee who lives at Yat Kwai House and works at EVERGREEN (KWAI CHUNG ESTATE) NURSING HOME also preliminarily tested positive. He took care of over 50 elderly residents. All of them will need to be sent to Asia Expo for quarantine if he his infection is subsequently confirmed. The male employee also works in the pharmacy of Tak Cheong Nursing Centre .
A total of 8 units in Yung Kwai House have confirmed and preliminary cases.
An 18-year-old student who lives in Fu Tak House, Tai Wo Hau Estate is also a preliminary case. She studies at Delia Memorial School (Glee Path).
Dr.Chuang said that a 61-year-old retired woman living on High Street in Sai Ying Pun is also a preliminary case. She went to Star Seafood Restaurant at 271 Des Voeux Rd West, Sai Ying Pun in Sheung Wan for lunch. Case No.13073 and a patient from the hamster cluster were also present.