CHP confirms 29 COVID-19 local cases today, compulsory testing notice to be issued to residents of 3 apartment buildings (Updated: 6.19pm)

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14th January 2021 – (Hong Kong)  Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at the daily 4.30pm conference today that there were 29 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting 3 imported cases and 26 local cases. The local cases include 13 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 13 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 9,415. 30 more preliminary cases were recorded today. A total of 13 men and 16 women aged 2 months to 81 years old were infected today. 10 cases were tested at the community testing centres.

The imported cases include a returnee from U.S., a domestic helper from the Philippines and a returnee from Pakistan. Case No. 9389 returned to Hong Kong by CX881 from the United States on 12th January. Case No. 9401 is a domestic helper from the Philippines who returned to Hong Kong via flight no. PR300 and arrived in Hong Kong on 24t December. She completed her quarantine on 7th January and started to have a cough after returning to her employer’s house. She developed a fever a few days later and went to the accident and emergency department for treatment. The employer did not allow her to leave home. Family members of the employer need to undergo quarantine after she tested positive.

2 cases were linked to the construction site at Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel under the Highways Department. 22 cases in total have been recorded.

2 cases were linked to the Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin tunnel construction site. A total of 40 cases have been recorded.

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Residents at 3 apartment buildings need to undergo compulsory testing. 1 unit had 3 cases in Block 1, The Spectra, 8, Kwong Yip Street, Yuen Long. 2 cases were detected at 2 units at 163-165, Shanghai Street. One unit has recorded 4 new cases and another unit has recorded 1 new case while 1 preliminary case detected at Yan Shek House, Shek Yam Estate, Kwai Chung. It is understood that Professor Yuen Kwok-yung of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong has visited Yan Shek House this afternoon. From the 27th of last month to yesterday (13th), Yan Shek House has recorded 5 confirmed cases and 3 confirmed cases have been added in a single day yesterday.

Residents in Units 09 of the Yan Shek House must go to the quarantine centre for isolation and the residents are expected to be evacuated tomorrow morning (15th).

1 new case and 1 preliminary case were detected at 24 Reclamation Street in Yau Ma Tei. Residents at 20-26 Reclamation Street (even numbers) have been sent to quarantine centre.

 Since 20, 22, 24 and 26 Reclamation Street are interconnected and the communal places are shared by some residents therein, subsequent to requesting the residents to undergo compulsory testing and arranging close contacts living on the same floor as confirmed cases to quarantine centres so as to cut the transmission chain in the buildings and the community as soon as possible, the DH has further issued quarantine orders to asymptomatic residents from remaining units on the first to the seventh floors of 20, 22, 24 and 26 Reclamation Street, and has transferred them to quarantine centres. For symptomatic residents, they will be sent to the hospital for treatment.

 As at 9am today, the CHP had transferred 79 residents of the buildings to quarantine centres for compulsory quarantine, including close contacts living on the same floor, as with confirmed cases earlier.

Meanwhile, the CHP reminds that the Government has exercised power under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation (Cap. 599J) on 12th January, 2021, to require any person who had been present at 20, 22, 24 and 26 Reclamation Street for more than two hours at any time during the period from 30th December, 2020, to 12th January, 2021 (including but not limited to residents, visitors and workers), to undergo a COVID-19 nucleic acid test by 15th January, 2021.

Dr.Chui Tak-yi, Under Secretary for Food and Health said that between 31st December 2020 and 6th January 2021, a total of 296 cases have been recorded of which 268 were local cases. 27% of the cases were of unknown sources.

From 7th January to 13th January, there were 311 cases of which 292 were local cases and 29% of the total cases were of unknown sources. Patients with no symptoms accounted for 30% of the total in the last 2 weeks. Citizens are advised to stay vigilant as cases are still rampant in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Government will provide one-off free virus testing for construction site workers at community centres from tomorrow until the end of the month.

Meanwhile,   Dr.Sara Ho from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 563 confirmed patients are being treated in 25 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 42 patients are in critical condition, 30 are in serious condition and the remaining 491 patients are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 47 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 8,631 patients with confirmed infection has been discharged.  

At present, there are 678 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,235 negative pressure beds activated. 1 patient passed away in the last 24 hours. 157 have died in public hospitals in total.

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