CHP confirms 26 new COVID-19 cases, many linked to Starlight Dance Club and more than 40 preliminary cases recorded (Updated: 5pm)

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20th November 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there were 26 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 5 imported cases, 12 cases which were linked with previous cases and 9 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases have reached 5,518. There were also more than 40 preliminary cases reported today.

The 5 imported cases include returnees from Pakistan, Romania, 2 patients from India and a pilot from U.K.

9 local cases with unknown sources include Case No. 5498, a 73-year-old man and his family member, a 37-year-old man who live together at Shan King Estate in Tuen Mun. The 37-year-old man with special needs attended training in Leung King Adult Training Centre. Another 7 students and staff at the school will be tested. The school will be suspended pending disinfection.

Case No. 5487 is a 75-year-old businesswoman who works at 1, Lynhurst Terrace in Central. She was diagnosed positive yesterday She lives at Victoria Heights, 43A, Stubbs Road. On 14th November, between 3-5pm, she went to a ballroom and Latin dance venue located on the 32nd floor, 353, Lockhart Road, Wan Chai. Dr.Chuang added today that the patient also visited The Hong Kong Golf Club in Deep Water Bay.

Starlight Dance Club 

Case No.5499 is a 27-year-old man who lives in Ho Man Tin with family members. He works at a construction site in Yuen Long with around 12 others in the same team. They will also be sent for testing. More than 100 others who worked at the site will also be tested. He developed symptoms on 15th November. On 17th November, he went to Olympian Hong Kong Hotel for staycation/birthday party until 1am. Case No.5506 is a close contact of the patient.

Case No.5501 is a 61-year-old female patient who works as morning-shift security guard at Greenwood Garden. On 15th November, she went to Sha Tin to have dinner with family members. She lives at Garden Rivera in Sha Tin. Case No.5505 is her family member who is also infected.

Case No. 5504 is a 63-year-old male day-shift taxi driver who shares with two other night-shift taxi drivers is also a new preliminary case. He lives in  Po Tai House, Po Lam Estate, Tseung Kwan O with family members.

Case No. 5507 is a man who lives in Lam Tin. He is a professional who works in San Po Kong.

Case No. 5509 is a 42-year-old woman who lives at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tseung Kwan O. She arrived from Japan earlier to visit relatives and friends.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Case No. 5510 is a 59-year-old housewife who lives at Pacific Palisades in Braemar Hill. Case No. 5512 is a housewife who lives at Lee Man Building in Mong Kok.

Case No. 5518 is a 67-year-old woman who lives in Tsuen Wan. She went to an Oldies’ party during the incubation period.

Meanwhile, there are more than 9 cases that were linked to Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai. Most of them visited the Dance Club on 14th November while some visited the Dance Club on 13th November. A family member of one of the patients also tested preliminarily positive. Another colleague of a patient also tested positive.

More than 40 preliminary cases were reported today. Another 7 patients also visited Starlight Dance Club. One of them works at the drinks bar inside Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai. The employee started to fell unwell on 18th November. CHP is still tracing the other patients and teachers. Many teachers at the Dance Club also taught at Dance Culture at Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay and Heavenly Dance studio at 8/F, 9 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan.

In addition, experts revealed that 4 taxi drivers were diagnosed as false positives. It is suspected that the test samples were contaminated. Dr.Chuang responded today that, “It’s hard to say that the tests were false positive. Some cases were positive before, and they were tested negative after admission to hospital. So, the case numbers will not be deleted because the test samples were negative subsequently and there was no antibody detected.

Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 115 confirmed patients were being treated in 19 hospitals of the Hospital Authority. Among them, 8 are in critical condition, 2 are in serious condition, and 105 are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 6 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 5,239 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,060 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 64% and 577 negative pressure wards have been put to use with a utilisation rate of 72%.

A spokesperson for the Civil Service Bureau said today (20th) that based on the latest developments in the epidemic, the Civil Service Bureau today reminded all government departments to handle their work arrangements as flexibly as possible while maintaining public services.

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