Arrivals from Philippines, Indonesia among 81 Covid-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Hong Kong health officials reported 81 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the city’s coronavirus count to 10,009 on the day the first infection was detected exactly a year ago.

“The one-year battle has not been easy, not just for Hong Kong, but the whole world too,” said Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection. “We adopted a lot of unprecedented measures, everyone experienced unprecedented situations.”

All but three of the new confirmed Covid-19 cases were local transmissions, with 35 of them having no traceable source.

The three imported cases include an arrival from Indonesia aged 34, and a woman from the Philippines aged 37 who developed symptoms on Jan. 21. The third imported case is a 23-year-old man who came from Switzerland.

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Of the 78 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases recorded today, 21 were recorded in the Yau Tsim Mong District—including a part of the Jordan area under lockdown.

Chuang said they expect the number of cases to rise in the coming days due to testing.

“We expect the daily number of cases to get more and more in the coming days because of the enhanced testing in the restricted area, and because there is still a significant silent transmission in the community,” she said.

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