37 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in HK today including 1 Omicron case with unknown sources, preliminary case attended Hins Cheung’s concert (Updated: 5.16pm)

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8th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from The Centre for Health Protection announced at 4.30pm media conference today that there were a total of 37 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases today and one of them is the tally worker/stock stacker who went to more than 30 sites including WELLCOME, ParkNShop, USelect and Mannings in Hong Kong for work. She is suspected to have contracted Omicron variant. 30 of the newly confirmed cases are imported and 6 of them are import-related cases. Total cases in Hong Kong reached 12,902.

Meanwhile, more than 30 preliminary cases were reported today.

Meanwhile, there are 6 imported-related cases which include Case No. 12784 who visited Moon Palace restaurant at Festival Walk with 2 other previous patients linked to Cathay Pacific cabin male crew member. The patient also visited Apple Store in Festival Walk together with them. The 4-year-old daughter of Case No. 12767, a male surveyor has tested positive and she studies at Shun Tak Fraternal Association Tuen Mun Leung Lee Sau Yu Kindergarten. 35 students and a few teachers in the same class need to undergo quarantine. Around 600 other students and teachers need to undergo compulsory virus testing.

Case No 12880 is a colleague of Case No 12825 who works together in CITIC Securities. The patient visited the market in Ap Lei Chau. Case 12882, a secretary at Y.Elites Association visited Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo and chatted with another patient. She visited Hysan Place and Mcdonalds’ in Hung Hom.

Another confirmed case is the 39-year-old female patient living in Yuk Sing Building, 1-9 Yuk Sau Street, Happy Valley. She is an Indonesian domestic helper with no recent travel history. She attended Bethel Fellowship Limited, Unit 1409-1411, 14/F, Block A, Sea View Estate, 2 Watson Road, North Point on 1st and 2nd January, during which case 12805 was also present. She developed cough and runny nose on 6th January and went to a community testing centre for test on the same day. Her test result subsequently tested preliminarily positive. She received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (Comirnaty) on 19th April and 12th May 2021 in Hong Kong.

Another 44-year-old Indonesian Domestic Helper stayed at On Ning Estate in Tseung Kwan O. She also attended Bethel Fellowship Limited with the Indonesian Domestic Helper from Happy Valley.

100 persons who attended Bethel Fellowship Limited were sent to quarantine.

The newly infected 58-year-old female patient with unknown sources living in Lee Shun Building, 157-159 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. She is a tally worker/ stock stacker and has no recent travel history. She developed sore throat and headache on 6th January and attended Ruttonjee Hospital for treatment on 7th January. Her test result tested preliminarily positive on the same day. She has not received COVID-19 vaccination and last went to work on 6th January. The CHP has so far not found any close contacts between the case and other recent cases tested positive, and is now investigating the places where the patient visited during incubation period in order to ascertain the infection source and to terminate the silent transmission chains in the community. Authorities detected N501Y and T478K mutant virus strains in her body and suspected to contain Omicron and genome sequencing is still in progress.

According to CHP’s information, she went to Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo on Monday (3rd) but no other COVID-19 cases were present on the same day. On the same day, she visited St. Paul’s Hospital for medical treatment, and also went to Lockhart Road Market, Wanchai Market, Joyous Restaurant at G/F, 63 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, ‘Yu Yee’ private kitchen at  36, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Tomato C Hing , Denmark Cafe at 117-123 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai and Kwong Wing Restaurant. Currently, CHP is investigating whether the multiple supermarkets where she worked are related to the case.

Among the preliminary cases reported today, the female employer and 13-year-old child of Case No.12854, Indonesian Foreign Domestic Helper who live together at Mei Sun Building, 4-20 Kau Hui Chik Street, Tai Po have tested preliminarily positive. The 13-year-old child studies at Salem-immanuel Lutheran College in Tai Po and the last day of school was on 5th January. A student and a tuition teacher need to undergo quarantine. The female employer works at a real estate company at Kingsford Terrace and she attended Hins Cheung’s concert at Coliseum in Hung Hom with her husband on 3rd January and sat at Row 46-20. Dr.Chuang pointed out that the risk of transmission at the concert was difficult to assess, and called on those who attended on the same day to be tested.

Hins Cheung’s concert held on 3rd January. In order to take into account the health and safety of all audiences, Cantopop singer Hins Cheung announced the postponement of the eight subsequent concerts at the Coliseum in Hung Hom from 6th to 10th January and from 13th to 15th January.

Another preliminary case is a 3-year-old granddaughter of an infected patient Case No.12821 who went to Six Garden Restaurant in Tin Hau. She lives at Jupiter Terrace at 18, Jupiter Street. She visited her family members at the restaurant and ate a sandwich before leaving at around 9am on 31st December. The patient belongs to the Victoria Garden dance cluster. Children in the same kindergarten need to undergo quarantine.

Dr.Chuang also mentioned a 71-year-old elderly woman who visited Cases No 12825 and 12880 at CITIC Securities office. She is also a preliminary positive case.

Another preliminary case is a 39-year-old female aircraft cleaner who works from 7.30pm to 1.30pm daily. She lives in Yat Tung (II) Estate and she took Bus No. S56 to work at the airport.

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