CHP confirms 4 new COVID-19 cases including 1 new mutant case at Block R, Allway Gardens, all residents to be evacuated (Updated: 5.45pm)

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4th May 2021 – (Hong Kong) Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health (CHP) announced at the 4.30pm media conference today that there were 4 new COVID-19 cases as of 12am today. The total cases comprise 3 imported cases and 1 unclassified case. As of now 11,791 cases have been accumulated. The cases comprise 4 women aged between 28 and 48 years old.

3 imported cases include Case No. 11788 and Case No. 11790 from Indonesia. The third imported case, Case No.11789 is a pregnant housewife who returned to Hong Kong on 4th April. She lives in Beauty Mansion in TST with her family members and she is a N501Y carrier but she tested negative for E484K virus strain. On 26th April, she went to consult a doctor at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. On 30th April, her test result was still unverified. CHP subsequently deduced that she is an imported case and she was infected in India due to antibodies found in her body.

77 residents from Beauty Mansion have been sent to quarantine centre while residents in 6 units are still being located.

44-year-old Filipino domestic helper arrived in Hong Kong from the Philippines on 31st March. She stay at Dorsett Hotel in Wan Chai during quarantine between 31st March and 21st April. On 21st April, she went to 8th Floor of Immigration Department before going to a clinic in Causeway Bay for body-check up. She then went to stay with her employer at Block R, Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan on 22nd April. She also visited Tsuen King Circuit Recreation Ground and Rest Garden, MYMN PIANO COMPANY at  Block E, Allway Gardens, Yip’s Children’s Choral and Performing Arts Centre, Wellcome supermarket at Allway Gardens, MetroPlaza in Kwai Fong and D-Park in Tsuen Wan. Her daily routine included taking care of her employer’s child.

D-Park

On 2nd May, she went for testing again at a private clinic and her result was negative but subsequently tested positive. Her viral load is low. She has been confirmed to be a N501Y carrier but her test result for E484K variant is still pending. CHP may classify this case as an imported case subsequently. However, since she has been in the community for a period, so CHP will temporarily categorise it as a local case. All residents at Block R, Allway Gardens will be evacuated and sent to quarantine centre as a precautionary measure.

The child of the employer went to Annunciation Catholic Kindergarten at 11 On Yin Street, Tsuen Wan and the employees and students at the school need to be tested.

Persons who visited 8th Floor, Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, Wellcome supermarket at Allway Gardens at Shop 9A, Allway Gardens Shopping Ctr, Ph1, 195, 187 Tsuen King Circuit, Discovery Park and other places visited by the domestic helper need to undergo compulsory testing.

Wellcome supermarket

A total 257 patients have been tested positive for N501Y variant so far. 34 are British variants, 46 are South African variants. 3 patients Cases No. 11643, 11672 and 11773 visited Citygate Outlets on 11th April.

 Following extensive contact tracing investigations, the CHP today confirmed further details of the itinerary of Case number 11643, Indian engineer and his Filipino girlfriend, Case No. 11672 on 10th and 11th April. In addition to the restaurant, Curry Lounge, in SeaView Crescent, Tung Chung announced earlier, the patients also visited Citygate, Novotel Citygate Hong Kong and Zaks restaurant at Discovery Bay. The CHP will request the relevant persons to undergo a compulsory testing in accordance with the latest information.

Less than 10 preliminary cases were reported today. Two new preliminary cases are Filipino domestic helpers who lives at Block N2, Kornhill Gardens and Royalton, 118 Pok Fu Lam Road, High West. The Filipino domestic helper who lives in Kornhill Gardens stayed at home most of the time and visited Quarry Bay Market and Cooked Food Centre. One of them who lives in Royalton visited Cafe De Coral in Kennedy Town on 3rd May. She visited the Smithfield Market in Kennedy Town regularly. Both of them are friends. They went shopping in Central from morning till evening on 25th April and 2nd May. They went to McDonald’s on Connaught Road, Central at 6pm on 25th April and visited  Saizeriya Italian Restaurant at Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po on 2nd May. On 1st and 3rd of May, the Filipino domestic helpers also gathered at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay.

Saizeriya Italian Restaurant at Dragon Centre

The female employer of the foreign domestic helper (Case No.11774) who tested positive for variant virus earlier at Caribbean Coast earlier also preliminarily tested positive. She is a teacher at Ling Liang Church Sau Tak Primary School. All students and teachers need to undergo compulsory testing.

Another compulsory testing notice will be issued for people who have been to Citygate Outlets from 12th to 24th April and on 26th April.

As for the 44-year-old man from Hong Kong who tested positive in Singapore was tested positive in Dubai earlier. He was tested negative before returning to Hong Kong from Dubai. He worked in Dubai between 10th February and 12th March. He lives at Park Island in Ma Wan. On 26th April 2021, he went to Singapore and his domestic helper was being quarantined after he was tested positive in Singapore on 30th April and his antibodies also tested positive. He has been confirmed as a recovered patient with no symptoms.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lau Ka-hin from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 95 confirmed patients are being treated in 17 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre. Among them, 3 patients are in critical condition, 1 are in serious condition and the remaining 91 patients are in stable condition.

4 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 11,451 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

At present, public hospitals have put to use 1,155 negative pressure beds with a utilisation rate of 56% and 616 negative pressure wards have been put to use, with a utilisation rate of 66%.

Lau said that the staff of the Kennedy Town Jockey Club General Outpatient Clinic received a report from the outsourced contractor yesterday morning that there were 14 deep throat saliva samples left on the workbench outside the clinic. It is believed that the citizens left the samples on their own from 1st to 2nd May. They were no longer suitable for laboratory purposes. The staff contacted 12 of them to resubmit the samples. The other two were unreachable due to incorrect mobile phone information. The outpatient department of the HA Head Office has reviewed the procedures and requested the outsourced contractor to remove the workbench after office hours.

Normally, a special person will receive and issue a receipt to confirm the receipt of samples. The public should not put down the collection package by themselves, so that they cannot be sent to the laboratory immediately. CHP called on the two citizens who have not been able to contact to decide whether to submit their samples again.

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