CHP confirms 60 COVID-19 local cases today, no imported cases recorded, cluster outbreak on Reclamation Street


12th 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 60 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) consisting of all local infection. The local cases include 47 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases and 13 local cases with unknown sources. Total cases in Hong Kong have reached 9,344. 30 more preliminary cases were recorded today. A total of 30 men and 30 women were infected today.

9 cases were linked to  Central Kowloon Route – Central Tunnel under the Highways Department. They are close contacts of the workers. 3 employees at Tsing Yi Ambulance Depot also tested positive. 51 other employees need to undergo isolation.

3 new cases were linked to Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry. They involved 2 employees 1 close contact. A total of 6 employees and 2 close contacts were linked to this cluster.

26, Reclamation Street

Meanwhile, new cases were detected at 20, Reclamation Street and 1 case with unknown sources was recorded in a unit at 22 Reclamation Street. At 26, Reclamation Street, 1 case was linked to Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin tunnel construction site and another case was linked to Three Runway System construction site at the airport. Those who spent more than 2 hours at 20, 22, 24 and 26 Reclamation Street in Yau Ma Tei between 30th December 2020 and 12th January need to undergo compulsory testing. 21 cases from 11 different units in the four buildings were recorded.

An environmental infection has been persistently detected at Ping Shek Estate.  Before 4th January, mandatory testing was required for the three buildings in Kam Shek Building, Lam Shek House and Wong Shek House. As the monitoring of sewage samples by the University of Hong Kong revealed continuous positive reactions for the virus, a second compulsory testing will be carried out again.

Meanwhile,   Hospital Authority (HA) announced that as of 9am today, existing 569 confirmed patients are being treated in 25 hospitals of the Hospital Authority and community facility at AsiaWorld Expo. Among them, 41 patients are in critical condition, 35 are in serious condition and the remaining 493 patients are in stable condition.

As at 9am today, 56 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 8524 patients with confirmed infection has been discharged.  1 patient passed away in a public hospital in 24 hours.

At present, there are 678 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,235 negative pressure beds activated.

An employee at the Occupational Therapy Department of Princess Margaret Hospital preliminarily tested positive yesterday. 3 other Patient Care (PCA) assistants tested positive earlier. A total of 11 employees of the Occupational Therapy Department need to undergo virus testing and isolation. The hospital’s infection control team has been constantly monitoring the health of staff members in the out-patient clinic of the Occupational Therapy Department and arranged COVID-19 tests for them. The viral test yesterday found that one more occupational therapist was tested preliminarily positive. She has onset of mild sore throat on the same day. On 8th January, the occupational therapist concerned worked in the workplace where a confirmed COVID-19 PCA had stayed in. She was tested negative for COVID-19 in the test arranged by the hospital on the same day. Upon knowing the preliminary positive results of the occupational therapist, the hospital’s infection control team conducted contact tracing immediately. The occupational therapist concerned does not perform any high-risk clinical procedures and is equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment at work. No patient was hence identified as close contacts nor other contacts.