CHP confirms 43 new COVID-19 cases, 21 patients linked to Starlight Dance Club and many more cases erupted at 14 dance clubs, more than 60 preliminary cases reported (Updated: 5.43pm)

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21st November 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.30pm today that there were 43 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 7 imported cases, 23 cases which were linked with previous cases and 13 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases have reached 5,561. There were also more than 60 preliminary cases reported today.

24 new cases were detected in testing centres.

The 7 imported cases include 2 Filipino domestic helpers, 2 Indonesian domestic helpers, 1 returnee from Sweden, 1 returnee from U.K. and 1 returnee from U.S.

Another 21 patients were linked to the Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai. Some of the teachers and students also visited at least 14 dance clubs. The outbreak has spread to other 14 dance clubs, the full list will be revealed by CHP later. All those who have visited the dance clubs in November have been advised to go for testing as soon as possible.

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The patients have visited Dance Culture at Richmond Plaza, 496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Heavenly Dance studio at 8/F, 9 Des Voeux Rd W, Sheung Wan, Green Apple International Dance School in Tseung Kwan O, Dance Concepts, two dance studios in San Po Kong and TST respectively, Dance Star Academy in Causeway Bay, DanzStage Dance Studio at 148, Electric Road, Causeway Bay. More Dance Fame on Jaffe Road in Wan Chai, Shining Star Dance Studio at 75 King’s Rd, Causeway Bay, etc.

Up to now, there are a total of 33 patients which were linked to Starlight Dance Club. 8 of the patients were dance tutors. Dr.Chuang said that people who have been to 14 dancing clubs, regardless of students or teachers, should be tested as soon as possible if they have been to any of them after 1st November. The Food and Health Bureau will issue a mandatory test announcement, requiring them to be tested before 24th November.

There are 2 new cases i.e. Cases No. 5525 and 5534 who are family members linked to previous cases.

There were a total of 13 local cases with unknown sources reported today. The cases include a 39-year-old construction worker who lives at Tung Tau Estate in Wong Tai Sin, a 66-year-old retiree who lives at Tai Chuen Building on Ivy Street in Tai Kok Tsui, a woman who lives in Yiu Ping House, Yiu On Estate, Ma On Shan. Case No. 5529 lives at Royal Ascot, Fo Tan. The patient’s family member tested positive earlier. A 64-year-old housewife was also infected. Case No. 5536 lives on Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok, The patient met up with a confirmed case earlier. Another 63-year-old patient lives in Sham Shui Po. A 45-year-old man who lives at Lee Man Building in Mong Kok also tested positive. A 64-year-old housewife who lives at K.City in Kai Tak is also an infected case with unknown sources.

A 62-year-old housewife who lives at City Point in Tsuen Wan is also an infected case with unknown sources. Case No. 5534 is a 77-year-old woman who lives on Macdonnell Road, Mid-levels. A 52-year-old man who lives on Cedar Street in Prince Edward also tested positive. Another patient lives in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O. Case No. 5553 is a 57-year-old woman who lives at Dragon Terrace in Tin Hau.

Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 132 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 122 are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 9 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 5,248 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 63% and 577 negative pressure wards have been put to use with a utilisation rate of 71%. The Hospital Authority is actively preparing hospital beds for preliminarily diagnosed and confirmed patients. There are 1,200 first-tier isolation beds that to cope with rapid increase in confirmed cases. Considering that the AsiaWorld-Expo will be opened within 72 hours of preparation, the AsiaWorld-Expo currently has 1,900 beds and more than 1,200 isolation beds, 660 second-tier beds adding to a total of more than 3,000 beds.

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