19th February 2021 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Albert Au from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at the 4.30pm media conference today that there were 13 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 1 imported case (36-year-old Indonesian woman) and 12 local cases. The local cases include 4 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 8 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 10,834 as of today. Total patients include 5 men and 8 women aged 14 – 50 years old. 3 cases were detected in the local community testing centres.
More than 10 preliminary cases were recorded today, 4 were of unknown sources. They are a 70-year-old elderly woman who lives in a building under compulsory testing notice in Fo Tan. Another private doctor, Dr.Lam Ka-yeung who lives in Block 1, The Apex in Kwai Chung also preliminarily tested positive. His other staff members at his clinic at 26-30 Wo Yi Hop Road, Kwai Chung, New Territories need to undergo testing. The clinic has been advised to suspend business. Patients who visited the clinic between 16th- 18th February have been advised to undergo testing. The doctor visited Wah Fung Nursing Centre during the incubation period. CHP will arrange for residents at the nursing centre to undergo testing.
A 51-year-old unemployed woman who lives in Sau Mau Ping also preliminarily tested positive.
A taxi driver of vehicle no. TR 8063 also preliminarily tested. Passengers who had been in his taxi between 9th – 11th February have been advised to undergo virus testing. He lives in Pui O.
An assistant editor at Educational Television Building under RTHK also preliminarily tested positive. The staff member’s family member also tested positive. The employee last went to work on 10th February and he was mainly working at the ground floor office of the Educational Television Building, during which he wore a mask. RTHK once stated that all people who visited the dressing room of Radio Television Hong Kong Television House, Broadcast Drive in Beacon Hill from 9th to 11th February were required to be quarantined, but later said that it did not require everyone to be quarantined.
There were 8 local cases with unknown sources including a 41-year-old woman who entered Hong Kong illegally and she was detained at Ma Tau Kok detention centre. She was tested negative on 6th February before being tested positive on 17th February. She had no symptoms. 8 other detainees were classified as close contacts. All others in the detention centre have to undergo testing.
Several buildings have been placed under compulsory testing list and they include Sun Wo House in Tai Wo Estate, On Kin House in On Tin Estate, Lam Tin, Luen Wo Apartments at 308, Electric Road, Rex Building at 399-401, Queen’s Road West, Yee On Centre at 45, Hong Ning Road, Kwun Tong, Kent Court on Boundary Street, Kowloon and Shung Oi House on Sung Kit Street, Hok Yuen.
A ramen chef at Ramen Kureha at Shop B, G/F, 20-22 Wun Sha Street, Tai Hang has tested positive. Case 10829 is a 36-year-old woman who works as a restaurant employee at Royal Legend, 1 Lau Sin Street, Causeway Bay. Another chef at Mcdonald’s at 30-32, Connaught Road in Central also tested positive. The chef’s last day of work was on 15th February.
Case No. 10831 is a female employee who works on the 4th floor at BUDDHIST SUM MA SHUI YING CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE ELDERLY at Kung Lok Road, Kwun Tong. All 52 residents and 18 employees on the 4th floor have been sent for quarantine and testing. The female employee’s son is also a preliminary case.
A 14-year-old boy (Case No. 10832) who studies in a school and lives in a dormitory in Shau Kei Wan also tested positive. 15 people have been listed as close contacts. All other students and staff have been arranged to undergo testing.
1 kindergarten teacher and a clerk in a medical centre also tested positive. Both were cases of unknown sources.
There were 4 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and they include 1 staff member at Lai King Fire Station. Around 8 others were listed as close contacts. The fireman worked at Kwai Chung Fire Station before. Another family member of Kwai Chung Fire Station. So far, 3 close contacts and 4 firemen at Kwai Chung Fire Station have tested positive.
Meanwhile, Dr. Linda Yu from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 264 confirmed patients are being treated in 23 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 18 patients are in critical condition, 14 are in serious condition and the remaining 232 patients are in stable condition.
At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,224 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 49% and 677 negative pressure wards have been put to use, with a utilisation rate of 62%.
As at 9am today, 31 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. 10,329 have been discharged in total.