23rd February 2021 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at the 4.30pm media conference today that there were 12 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 1 imported case (i.e. a passenger from the Phillippines (Flight No CX906) who is an N501Y variant carrier with no symptoms) and 11 local cases. The local cases include 8 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 3 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 10,897 as of today. Total patients include 6 men and 6 women aged between 9 – 63 years old. 4 cases were detected in the local community testing centres.
An earlier case No. 10844 is a passenger who arrived from Pakistan on 18th February. He is also confirmed to be an N501Y variant carrier. A total of 40 patients have been infected with the N501Y variant. 27 patient were infected with the British variant, 4 were infected with the South African and 2 were infected with the Brazilian variant. 8 cases of N501Y variant have yet to been determined.
More than 10 preliminary cases were reported today. Preliminary local cases with unknown sources include a 63-year-old man who works part-time as a driver for customers between Hang Hau MTR station and a restaurant in Po Toi O, Clear Water Bay. He lives in Heng Fa Chuen and his last day of work was on 20th February. His family member was also preliminarily tested positive. Another patient who works part-time at Royal Plaza Cake Shop, Level 1, 193, Prince Edward Rd W, Mong Kok also preliminarily tested positive. He lives in Sha Tin and is currently being treated at Prince of Wales Hospital.
A 58-year-old man who works as a clerk in Kowloon Bay and lives in Wah Kwai Estate in Pok Fu Lam preliminarily tested positive. Another 22-year-old man who works as a flower seller at Mong Kok Flower Market is also a preliminary local case with unknown sources. He lives on Fuk Wa Street in Sham Shui Po and he worked between 2nd and 13th February. Another clerk who lives in Sha Kei Wan also preliminarily tested positive on 23rd February.
A family member of a patient at Grantham Hospital in Aberdeen preliminarily tested positive. He has been visiting his family member in the past few days and hence the patient has also been listed as a close contact. 3 other patients in the same ward who did not wear masks were also listed as close contacts.
A 26-year-old woman who lives in Long Ping Estate in Yuen Long has been preliminarily tested positive earlier but her results were not consistent as a subsequent result was negative. Her final test results are still pending confirmation.
3 local cases with unknown sources consist of patients live in Yau Ma Tei, Tsuen Wan and Wong Tai Sin. One of them is a kitchen worker at Volcano Kitchen One restaurant, G/F, 75 Tai Pa Street, Tsuen Wan. More than 10 employees of the restaurant need to be tested. Another patient is an unemployed person who went shopping at Chungking Mansions in TST. A telephone marketing executive who works in Ngau Tau Kok also tested positive.
8 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases include a student at Caritas Lok Yi School at 51 Lei King Road, Lei King Wan. 3 students, 3 employees and 4 family members have been linked to the cluster at Caritas Lok Yi School.
Meanwhile, Dr. Sara Ho from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 230 confirmed patients are being treated in 24 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 17 patients are in critical condition, 12 are in serious condition and the remaining 201 patients are in stable condition.
At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,224 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 56% and 677 negative pressure wards have been put to use, with a utilisation rate of 70%.
As at 9am today, 23 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. 10,427 have been discharged in total.