2 To Kwa Wan buildings on lockdown as 26 Covid-19 cases logged

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Two residential buildings in To Kwa Wan were put under lockdown for Covid-19 testing on Tuesday, as health authorities reported 26 new Covid-19 cases.

Residents of Kiu Yu Mansion and Kiu Fat Mansion along Lok Shan Road were barred from leaving their homes beginning 7 p.m. until all residents are tested for the coronavirus. The restriction is expected to be lifted at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

No confirmed Covid-19 cases were recently detected in both buildings, but a government spokesman said sewage samples tested positive for the virus.

“After assessment of the conditions of the buildings, as well as the potential risk of infection, the Government decided to make a ‘restriction-testing declaration’ for the relevant area as a prudent measure,” the spokesman said in a statement released on the government website.

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The lockdown came hours after the Centre for Health Protection confirmed 26 new infections, of which 21 are local cases.

Among the five imported Covid-19 cases is an Indonesian domestic worker who recently arrived in Hong Kong. The four others were relatives who flew in from India and tested positive for the virus while under quarantine.

Hong Kong has recorded 10,694 coronavirus cases so far, while there are 20 more individuals who tested preliminarily positive for the virus.

Two elderly people with Covid-19 passed away in public hospitals on Tuesday. The city’s coronavirus-related death toll is now at 188.

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