More than 70 preliminary COVID-19 variant cases expected in Kwai Chung Estate, catastrophic outbreak inevitable


22nd January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Starting from 6 o’clock last night, the government stipulated that residents of Yat Kwai House will be banned from leaving their homes for 5 days, and will not be allowed to go out until the morning of next Wednesday (26th). All 2,700 residents need to be tested every day. They are required to remain at home to reduce the chance of cross-infection, the authorities will provide three meals a day and some daily necessities. Earlier, there were a total of 20 confirmed COVID-19 variant cases reported.

Meanwhile, residents at a nearby apartment Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate were required to undergo virus testing since 4am today as multiple COVID-19 variant cases were detected. It was confirmed earlier that at least 40 preliminary COVID-19 were detected in the two buildings. However, the latest sources revealed that at least 70 preliminarily COVID-19 cases were reported after more residents went for testing.

Kwai Tsing District Councillor Leung Chi-shing said Yat Kwai House has recorded a total of 77 confirmed and preliminary confirmed cases. Since Yat Kwai House and Ying Kwai House are linked to Tai Wo Hau Estate which has a total of 17 blocks following redevelopment, a major transmission chain may have spread affecting thousands of residents in the area.

Tai Wo Hau Estate 

 At around 10am, more than 10 residents were arranged to be sent off to quarantine centre including a young girl. The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan, inspected the Yat Kwai House at 11am and checked the latest situation with the staff present.