CHP confirms 41 COVID-19 cases today including 4 new cases linked to Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry cluster


11th 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 41 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 3 imported cases and 38 local cases. The local cases include 27 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 11 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 9,284. The new patients comprise 21 men and 20 women. 40 more preliminary cases were recorded today.

3 imported cases include 2 returnees from U.S. and one arrival from the Philippines.

1 close contact of a worker at Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin tunnel construction site tested positive. 1 worker and 1 close contact linked to the Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel cluster tested positive. A total of 8 workers and 1 close contact have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

Residents at 3 apartment buildings need to undergo compulsory virus testing. They are King Tao House, King Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O, Kit Yat House at Yat Tung (II) Estate Block and Tower 7 Phase 2 Metro Harbour View. Each building had 2 cases in different units on different floors.

3 employees working at Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry and 1 close contact were infected. A total of 4 employees and 1 close contact including a captain have tested positive so far. Meanwhile, there were 3 more preliminary cases including 2 employees and 1 close contact.

 After a patient care assistant (PCA) in the out-patient clinic of the Occupational Therapy Department who tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19 (Case No. 9113), Princess Margaret Hospital has arranged COVID-19 tests for staff members working in the out-patient clinic concerned on 6th January and all the test results were negative. One of the PCAs working in the out-patient clinic of the Occupational Therapy Department underwent the COVID-19 test again at a Community Testing Centre on 10th January due to throat discomfort since 8th January. Her test result was positive on the same day (Case number: 9265). The hospital’s infection control team conducted contact tracing immediately. It was found that one more PCA of the Occupational Therapy Department had meal at the same workplace but separately with the PCA tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19 on 10th January. She has also presented with runny nose since 10th January. The PCA was tested negative for COVID-19 in the test arranged by the hospital on 6th January. She was arranged again to undergo COVID-19 test today and the result was positive. The two PCAs are currently treated under isolation with stable condition.

  Both of the PCAs do not perform any high-risk clinical procedures and are equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment at work. No patient was hence identified as close contacts.

 In addition, three more staff members had meals at the same workplace but separately are classified as close contacts and are required to quarantine for 14 days. The hospital will arrange COVID-19 tests and medical surveillance for all staff members of the out-patient clinic of the Occupational Therapy Department. In view of the sequential occurrence of confirmed cases in the out-patient clinic of the Occupational Therapy Department, the hospital’s infection control team would expand the scope of contact tracing. The investigation is still underway.

Meanwhile,  Dr.Linda Yu from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 586 confirmed patients are being treated in 23 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 39 patients are in critical condition, 45 are in serious condition and the remaining 502 patients are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 45 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 8,468 patients with confirmed infection and probable case has been discharged.  

At present, there are 688 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,253 negative pressure beds activated.