6th June 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has announced that as of 4pm today, the CHP was investigating three additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the number of cases to 1,106 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 1,105 confirmed cases and one probable case). CHP has cancelled the daily media briefing today.
The newly reported cases announced today involve two females and a male aged between 15 and 47. All of them had a travel history during the incubation period. Two of them returned from Pakistan while another 26-year-old woman who resides in UK returned to Hong Kong yesterday. She developed a sore throat, loss of smell and taste in March. The CHP’s epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing on the confirmed cases are ongoing.
Meanwhile, the CHP has been proactively conducting epidemiological investigations and carrying out preventive control measures in regard to the cluster in Luk Chuen House, Lek Yuen Estate, Sha Tin. As of 4pm today, 1,372 deep throat saliva samples had been collected in Luk Chuen House, among which 9 samples need to be collected again owing to leakage, while 1,363 samples have had testing for COVID-19 completed. Except for the four confirmed cases announced on June 2 with positive results, other samples have tested negative.
The CHP is also following up with the residents in Luk Chuen House who have not yet returned their deep throat saliva samples. As of 4pm today, the CHP, with assistance from the police, had got in touch with residents of one more unit and ascertained that they had moved out from Luk Chuen House before April. There are still four units of relevant residents that the CHP cannot get in touch with. The CHP strongly appeals to them to contact the CHP personnel according to the medical test order issued and return their samples to the CHP as soon as possible for early testing.
Meanwhile, as of 4pm today, the CHP had collected and tested 2,059 samples for Luen Yuet House, Kwai Luen Estate, with no positive results.
The CHP again urged members of the public to maintain an appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible in their daily lives to minimise the risk of infection. In particular, they should go out less and avoid social activities such as meal gatherings or other gatherings to reduce the chance of contacting infected persons who may not present any symptoms, and minimise the risk of outbreak clusters emerging in the community.
As at noon today, three COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1050, 1052 and 1054) were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. So far, a total of 1,048 patients with confirmed or probable infections have been discharged.
At present, there are 651 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,211 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 51 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in nine hospitals, among which two patients are in critical condition (case numbers: 595 and 1084), and the remaining 49 patients are in stable condition.