CHP confirms 45 COVID-19 cases today including 22 local cases with unknown sources (Updated: 7.04pm)

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8th January 2021 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced that there were 45 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of 3 imported cases and 42 local cases. The local cases include 20 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 22 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 9,153. Around 40 preliminary cases were reported today.

4 more cases were linked to Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin tunnel construction site.

A new case with unknown sources is a nurse at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. She developed flu symptoms on 3rd January and fever on 6th January. Her last day of work was also on 6thh January. No one has been listed as close contacts. 3 more cases were detected at Fung Chak House, Choi Wan (II) Estate.

Residents of 3 buildings need to undergo compulsory testing. The three affected buildings are Yuet Ching House at Kai Ching Estate, Mei Sau House at Mei Tuen Estate in Tai Wai and 26, Reclaimation Street in Yau Ma Tei.

Meanwhile,  Dr.Linda Yu from Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 615 confirmed patients are being treated in 23 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 42 patients are in critical condition, 46 are in serious condition and the remaining 527 patients are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 49 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 8,306 patients with confirmed infection and 1 probable case has been discharged.  An 86-year-old female patient (Case No. 8725) with chronic diseases was admitted to Caritas Medical Centre due to fever and pneumonia on 28th December, 2020. The patient tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day. Her condition continued to deteriorate and she eventually succumbed at 12.43am this morning. 151 COVID-19 patients have passed away in public hospitals in total.

Meanwhile, Dr.Sidney Au Yeung, Chairman, Coordinating Committee (O&G), Hospital Authority said that public hospitals suspended childbirth companion services earlier, but after discussing with experts, considering that childbirth companion can help ease their emotions, they decided to allow the services from next Tuesday (12th). All childbirth companions must have a negative test certificate in the past 3 days.

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