CHP confirms 20 COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong today, minibus driver, security guard and sales executive at Chow Tai Fook infected (Updated: 5.09pm)

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21st 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 20 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 1 imported case (a passenger from India who arrived in Hong Kong via flight no.AI1314 on 20th February) and 19 local cases. The local cases include 13 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 6 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 10, 869 as of today. Total patients include 9 men and 11 women aged between 1 – 85 years old. 6 cases were detected in the local community testing centres.

Caritas Lok Yi School

13 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases include 4 cases linked to Caritas Lok Yi School at 51 Lei King Road, Lei King Wan. One of them is a family member of an infected student, two others are a school staff member and a student. The staff member also worked at Hong Chi Pinehill Integrated Vocational Training Centre between 13th and 15th February. 40 employees and 21 students need to undergo quarantine and testing.

The 6 local cases with unknown sources include a minibus driver who felt sick on 18th February. He drove between Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan, Castle Peak Road and Jordan area. A close contact was identified. The other cases include 2 retirees, 1 security guard and 1 sales executive who works at Chow Tai Fook jewellery stores in Yau Ma Tei and Sheung Wan. The patients live at Sceneway Garden Block 18 Sceneway Road, Lam Tin (This building was under compulsory testing on 17th February), Luen Yan House, Kwai Luen Estate in Kwai Chung, Block 5 at Noble Hill in Sheung Shui, Tsui Nam House High Block in Tsui Ping (North) Estate, Kwun Tong, Tai Hong Wai in Yuen Long and 48, Fuk Wa Street in Sham Shui Po.

More than 10 preliminary cases were recorded today. They include 2 employees at a school and a 66-year-old female confinement nanny. Her last day of work was on 11th February. A resident at Yee On Centre in Kwun Tong also preliminarily tested positive. Another case is a 41-year-old man who lives in Heng Hoi House, Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan. He is a computer technician and his last day of work was on 11th February. Another preliminary case of unknown source is a retiree who lives in Wang Toi Shan, Wing Ning Lei, Yuen Long.

A property agent who works in a real estate office on Wing Hong Street in Sham Shui Po also preliminarily tested positive. Around 100 other staff need to undergo testing. He was epidemiologically linked with another infected employee.

Meanwhile, Dr. Linda Yu from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 238 confirmed patients are being treated in 24 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 18 patients are in critical condition, 12 are in serious condition and the remaining 202 patients are in stable condition.

At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,224 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 49.4% and 677 negative pressure wards have been put to use, with a utilisation rate of 63.4%.

As at 9am today, 26 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. 10,308 have been discharged in total.

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