Two new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong today, 11 crew members of a container ship test positive by Ningbo Customs


30th June 2020 – (Hong Kong)  The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has announced that as of 4pm today (June 30), the CHP was investigating two additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), taking the number of cases to 1,206 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 1,205 confirmed cases and one probable case).

 The newly reported cases announced today involve two males aged 19 and 59. They visited United States during the incubation period. The 59-year-old man visited U.S. in February before returning to Hong Kong on 17th June.. The other 19-year-old male student returned to Hong Kong from U.S. and he lost his sense of taste yesterday.  A symptomatic close contact of them is being arranged to be admitted to a public hospital for treatment. The CHP’s epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing on the confirmed cases are ongoing.

In addition, the CHP received a report from Mainland Customs on a cluster of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases involving 11 crew members of a container ship, MSC Flavia, originally scheduled to disembark at Ningbo on 26th June. These 11 crew members tested positive for COVID-19 by Ningbo Customs on arrival. Among them, nine crew members embarked on the container ship from Hong Kong on June 24 with six arriving in Hong Kong from Indonesia, two from Greece and one from Croatia between 21st and 23rd June. All were declared to be asymptomatic on arrival in Hong Kong. Two of the nine cases were subsequently detected as having fever on arrival in Ningbo while the other seven were asymptomatic. The CHP has contacted the health authority in the Mainland to obtain more information about the cases.

Meanwhile, a member company of the Cyberport Startup Alumni Association, namely HelloToby Technology (HK) Limited (Toby), has also begun to provide a door-to-door specimen collection service for COVID-19 testing provided for the CHP’s Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme. Together with GoGo Tech Limited (GOGOVAN) and HK PICK-UP LIMITED (Pickupp), which have already started to provide such a service earlier, there are currently three companies providing the door-to-door specimen collection service.

     For service details related to the three service providers, please refer to the information below:

General enquiries5681 4989 (hotline)[email protected]3703 3250 (hotline)
Collection hours9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 10.30am on Saturdays
8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 10.30am, Saturdays and Sundays

 The CHP again urged members of the public to maintain an appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible in their daily lives to minimise the risk of infection. In particular, they should go out less and avoid social activities such as meal gatherings or other gatherings to reduce the chance of contacting infected persons who may not present any symptoms, and minimise the risk of outbreak clusters emerging in the community.

As at noon today two COVID-19 confirmed patients (case number: 100 and 1192) were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. So far, a total of 1,107 patients with confirmed or probable infections have been discharged.

At present, there are 602 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,170 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 90 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in eight hospitals, among which one patient is in critical condition (case number: 595), and the remaining 89 patients are in stable condition.