73 COVID-19 cases reported in Hong Kong today including 9 family members who dined at Chiuchow Garden in Metroplaza


20th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there are 73 new cases including 7 imported cases and 66 local cases, 27 of the local cases have unknown sources.

4 seafarers from the Philippines and Korea (Cases 1913, 1915, 1938 and 1957) and two pilots arrived in Hong Kong from Japan and Korea are among the imported cases. There is also one patient returning from Kazakstan who was infected.

There are 39 local cases linked to previous cases. 1 more infected patient (Case 1889) is linked to the cluster at Victory Table Tennis Sports Centre in San Po Kong. 24 other patients are family members of previously infected patients.

Case 1890 and 1949 are linked to workplaces. One more employee from Tuen Mun Eye Centre also tested positive. A total of 9 COVID-19 infected family members are linked to ChiuChow Garden at Shop 511-530, 5/F, Metroplaza, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Fong. Another 6 patients visited Victoria Harbour Restaurant at different times with family members and friends. CHP has arranged for the employees of the restaurant to be tested.

Case 1904 is linked to Bun Kee Congee & Noodle Foods at Ping Shek Estate. There are also several cases linked to FULUM restaurant in Tuen Mun Central Square. A birthday party was held there and there were over 20 tables.

FULUM restaurant

A family group of more than ten people including a retired police officer went to the Chiu Chow Garden at Shop 511-530, 5/F, Metroplaza, 223 Hing Fong Road, Kwai Fong to have a meal on the 11th of this month, and then went to one of their homes at Lai King Disciplined Services Quarters Block 3 to gather. CHP announced yesterday that at least four more people in the family group were diagnosed. These are Cases 1838, 1841, 1842 and 1862 they are related to the 1770th patient.

Case 1909 is a private doctor who consulted a patient in Case 1787. He visited an elderly home on Jupiter Street in North Point during incubation period.

There are also 27 cases with unknown sources. Some live in Tsz Wan Shan while there is one cleaner who works at Fairwood restaurant at Shop B205, 2/F, Commercial/ Car Park Block 2, Choi Wan (I) Estate, 45 Clear Water Bay Road, Choi Hung. One works at mahjong parlour in TST and there are also patients who went to Superstar Live Music Lounge on Prat Avenue in TST. One patient also visited a mahjong parlour in Sham Shui Po.

It is understood that a 54-year-old male patient in the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital was initially diagnosed with COVID-19. He was admitted to the general surgical ward for 6 days before the diagnosis. He is still in the hospital and the ward needs to be temporarily closed.

In addition, MTR stated that it was notified by a contractor yesterday (19th) afternoon that an employee of the contractor working in the workshop of the Kowloon Bay Depot was diagnosed with COVID-19. The family of the employee confirmed the diagnosis earlier, and after he developed symptoms on the 14th of this month, he has not gone to work since the 15th. The MTR stated that it has immediately arranged for thorough cleaning and disinfection of workshop areas, staff canteens and other places.

One female employee at Jockey Club Yee Yeung Care and Attention Home who lives in Tin Wan Estate also tested positive in preliminary diagnosis. Her family members have been arranged for quarantine.

 As at noon today, eight COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1476, 1495, 1500, 1528, 1530, 1578, 1594 and 1755) were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. So far, a total of 1,302 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

 At present, there are 650 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,207 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 562 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 14 hospitals, among which 23 patients are in critical condition (case numbers: 595, 1315, 1338, 1346, 1401, 1424, 1428, 1470, 1483, 1485, 1491, 1497, 1562, 1630, 1640, 1679, 1680, 1710, 1718, 1730, 1779, 1806 and 1835), 13 are in serious condition (case numbers: 1306, 1348, 1439, 1443, 1449, 1456, 1468, 1557, 1558, 1767, 1795, 1798 and 1843) and the remaining 526 patients are in stable condition.