Filipina among 59 new Covid-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Health authorities reported 59 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the city’s overall tally to 9,211 recorded infections.

Of these, 20 were local transmissions and could not be linked to previous cases while six were from overseas.

The imported cases include women from the Philippines and Indonesia aged 40 and 47 respectively, three arrivals from Russia, and another one from Indonesia.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said the downtrend has stopped and the daily figures are fluctuating. She said the rise in Covid-19 cases may be linked to gatherings in the last two consecutive long holiday weekends.

“I suspect there are still quite significant silent transmissions in the community,” Chuang said, warning of risks when people go out.

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Two more people with Covid-19 also died, bringing the number of linked fatalities to the coronavirus to 158.

Authorities found a new Covid-19 cluster at a construction site in the Central Kowloon Route Tunnel, where six workers tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus. A worker was confirmed to be infected a day earlier.

The site was ordered closed, and those who had been there for more than two hours between Jan. 3 and 9 must get tested for Covid-19. Chuang said there were over 300 workers on site.

Another mandatory testing order on two more housing buildings— King Lok House of Shan King Estate in Tuen Mun, and Block 3, Sun Yuen Long Centre in Yuen Long—was issued after people in two different units tested positive.

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