15th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at the 4.30pm press conference today that there were a total of 5 new COVID-19 cases reported as of 12am today. The newly reported cases consist of 3 imported cases, two cases epidemiologically linked with imported cases. Four of the cases were suspected of Omicron variant. All of the cases involved mutant strains. The newly confirmed cases include the female security guard at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre who lives in Bauhinia Garden in Tseung Kwan O (Case No.13031). She tested positive at quarantine centre. She was the close contact of another female security guard who works together at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre.
Another case is an 85-year-old man (Case NO. 13033), who lives in Maple Gardens, North Point, and he is a family member of Case No. 12985. He was sent for inspection on 8th January and sent to the hospital with a fever on 13th January where the virus was detected. The whole genome sequencing of the three cases in Maple Gardens so far is exactly the same. Hence, vertical transmission was detected in the building.
Meanwhile, there are around 10 preliminary cases recorded today.
A family member of Case No 12860 belonging to the Victoria Park dance cluster is a new preliminary case. The patient who lives in the City Garden in North Point was sent for quarantine and testing on 5th January. The patient started coughing on the 12th, and was tested positive.
A 41-year-old woman is also a preliminary case. She is a cargo aircraft cabin cleaner and lives in Cheung Wang Estate, Tsing Yi. She has received 2 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine. Her regular tests on 8th and 11th January were negative, and her test on 14th January was positive. She mainly cleans the nose of the cargo plane on weekdays, and may come into contact with the crew members. A full genome sequencing may be carried out but if the crew members did enter the airport, they will not be tested, so the source of infection may not be traced.
Chuang also mentioned that the preliminarily positive Foodpanda courier who is also a construction worker (Case No. 13022) has not tested positive for the virus for the past two days. 30 related contact customers have been located and since they have not been in contact for too long, they only need to be tested and do not need to be sent for quarantine.
In addition, a total of 35 customers who dined at Nabe Urawa restaurant at Hysan Place on 4th January have been located. As for the case involving nurses at the Cheung Sze-man Clinic in Tuen Mun, Cheung believed that it was caused by vaccine contamination. Other samples in the clinic were also contaminated with vaccines, and no other related cases were found. Authorities took environmental samples at the scene a few days ago, and confirmed that the virus was detected in keyboards, mice, sample packs, stools, etc., but it was not contagious. The CHP has recommended that clinics be thoroughly disinfected with proportional bleach.
Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis of cases announced earlier conducted by the PHLSB confirmed that Cases No. 12942, 12943, 12946 to 12950, 12990, 12991, 12993 to 12995, 13010 to 13012, 13014 and 13021 all carried the Variant of Concern Omicron. Together with the aforementioned cases, there are so far 413 cases involving Omicron in Hong Kong.
As at 9am today, 27 patients who had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (case numbers: 12558, 12562, 12572, 12573, 12591, 12595, 12601, 12603, 12608, 12612, 12621, 12624, 12636, 12646, 12648, 12651, 12658, 12661, 12672, 12688, 12692, 12711, 12723, 12726, 12750, 12798 and 12886) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 12,366 patients have been discharged.
A total of 410 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 a public hospital. All of them are in stable condition.