2 women from PH among 10 new COVID-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Hong Kong saw 10 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed Sunday, ending its 17-day streak of daily recorded infections in the single digits.

Seven of the new cases are imported, according to the report from the Centre for Health Protection. These include two females from the Philippines, aged 33 and 24, who did not have any symptoms.

Two arrivals were from France, while the other three imported cases were from Serbia, Indonesia, and Kenya.

The CHP confirmed three new local COVID-19 cases, all with unknown sources.

The first is a woman, 38, who had developed a fever on Oct. 19, a preliminary positive case reported yesterday. She works at Champion Tower on Garden Road in Central and last went to work on Oct. 16.

She lived in Discovery Bay with her husband and children, who stopped going to school upon onset of her symptoms. She consulted a private doctor on Nov. 5 and was confirmed.

Another local case with untraceable infection links is a Pakistani female, 42, whose husband was an earlier confirmed case. The patient sought medical attention at Pok Oi Hospital on Nov. 5 and was confirmed.

The third COVID-19 case with an untraceable local transmission is a 50-year-old man who had developed a cough on Oct. 28. He lives in Tai Po and works at Everbright Centre on Gloucester Road, Wan Chai. The man last went to work on Nov. 6.

His wife works at S.K.H. Holy Spirit Primary School, Lek Yuen, Sha Tin. She had a dry throat yet still went to school. The CHP earlier said classes there will need to be suspended.

With several of COVID-19 emerging in Tai Po in recent days, a mobile testing van under Prenetics Ltd. will distribute and collect sample bottles for those who feel they have been exposed to the virus.

A government statement said the van will be parked near the taxi station in front of Hang Seng Bank at 41 Kwong Fuk Road. Members of the public may collect and return the specimen bottles free of charge, from 10 am to 5 pm between Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.

Hong Kong has confirmed 5,374 COVID-19 infections to date.