Total COVID-19 cases in Yat Kwai House increase to 20 as cluster outbreak spreads further

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21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The COVID-19 transmission chain broke out in Yat Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate. The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health stated today (21st), a number of newly confirmed cases were related to the building. Together with suspected cases, staff in the building and confirmed case in Shenzhen, a total of up to 20 people were infected, involving a total of 13 units on 12 floors.

In addition, there were 10 preliminary cases related to Yat Kwai House today, including a security guard, a cleaner who lives in Ying Kwai House but works in the building, and a 2-year-old child who lives in another unit on the same floor as the cleaner. The authorities pointed out that Ying Kwai House will be subject to compulsory testing later. The Centre for Protection pointed out that the 2-year-old child lives in Luk Yeung Sun Chuen, but often visits the grandmother’s apartment in Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate, which is on the same floor as the cleaning worker at Yat Kwai House.

The young child was sent to the hospital with a fever, and the family members are listed as close contacts and will need to be isolated. The infected cleaners are also at risk of infection and the family members must be sent to quarantine. As for the 79-year-old man (Case No. 13085) diagnosed in Yat Kwai House, the whole genetic sequencing showed that it was BA.2 virus. It is currently unknown whether he was linked to the Pakistani woman. At present, it is known that the 46-year-old husband (Case No. 13064) of the Pakistani woman who was diagnosed earlier has been to the garbage room in Yat Kwai House , but his whereabouts during the incubation period is still unclear. The government will continue to monitor whether other transmission chains are involved.

Legislative councillor, Leung Chi-shing quoted sources as saying that the Hong Kong government plans to require residents to hold a certificate of no infection for five consecutive days before going out.

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