Early closure of Pei Ho Street Market today for deep cleaning and disinfection due to multiple Omicron cases detected

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21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) There have been a number of confirmed cases in Sham Shui Po recently, and the Omicron virus may be spreading invisibly in the community. The highly transmissible Omicron sub-variant BA.2 which is also known as “Stealth Omicron” may be present.

 The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) announced today that as persons who had been present at specified dates and time periods in the vicinity of Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building are required to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice issued by the Government yesterday, Pei Ho Street Market will be closed an hour earlier today at 7pm for deep cleaning and disinfection to safeguard the health and safety of market stall tenants and the public. 

 A spokesman for the FEHD said, “Apart from market tenants cleaning and disinfecting their stall areas, FEHD staff will thoroughly clean and disinfect communal areas and facilities in the market and will carry out deep cleaning work in the vicinity of Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building and nearby streets (including Pei Ho Street, Tai Nan Street, Ki Lung Street and Kweilin Street). If all goes well, the FEHD will reopen the market tomorrow after the completion of the deep cleansing and disinfection work.”

In addition, the FEHD’s Kowloon Licence Issuing Office located at 4/F, Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building will suspend service at 2pm today and public services will resume on January 24. Members of public may approach the following FEHD offices for licence-related enquiries:

Hong Kong & Islands Licence Issuing Office
8/F, Lockhart Road Municipal Services Building, 225 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Telephone number: 2879 5380

New Territories Licence Issuing Office
4/F, Tai Po Complex, 8 Heung Sze Wui Street, Tai Po, New Territories
Telephone number: 3183 9206

 On the other hand, the FEHD will conduct joint operations with various government departments again this weekend at public places in Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Tsim, Wan Chai, Central and Western, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Sai Kung where persons including foreign domestic helpers (FDH) commonly gathered, to appeal to them to raise awareness of epidemic prevention, keep the environment clean and hygienic, and comply with the various anti-epidemic regulations and restrictions, including the requirements on group gatherings and wearing of masks.

During the operations, apart from arranging cleansing contractors to strengthen street cleaning services at the relevant spots, the FEHD will also step up patrols to combat littering and unlicensed hawking activities. Promotional leaflets in multiple languages will also be distributed by the FEHD to appeal to the relevant persons to maintain environmental hygiene and refrain from conducting unlicensed hawking activities. They will also be reminded by other government departments to comply with the regulations on mask-wearing and prohibition of group gatherings in public places.

A total of 16 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Yat Kwai House and they are most probably related to the index patient, the Pakistani woman. The building has 11 floors and a total of 12 units. It is believed that there was a super-spreader in the building, that is, the confirmed case in Tung Moon House i.e. the husband of the Pakistani woman who went to the garbage rooms to collect rubbish. On weekdays, he would go to the garbage rooms of Yat Kwai House, Luk Kwai House and Yan Kwai House to collect items and sell them at a stall on Pei Ho Street. The patient brought the virus into the building last Thursday (13th), and there was an outbreak this Sunday (16th).

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