5 more Covid-19 cases in Yau Ma Tei mandatory testing area found

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Authorities conducted home visits in buildings or constructions covered by the compulsory testing notices on Saturday. (Information Services Department/info.gov.hk)

Five cases of Covid-19 were detected in an area in Yau Ma Tei on Saturday under a compulsory testing order after a spate of infections in the district.

They are among the 50 newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 and they bring Hong Kong’s coronavirus case tally to 9,503. Around 30 preliminary positive cases will still have to be confirmed.

Of the 49 local cases, 15 had no traceable sources of infection to date, including five in the area bordered by Nathan Road, Jordan Road, Kansu Street, and Ferry Street.

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Residents of 22 buildings in this area were earlier ordered to get tested for Covid-19 before Tuesday, after one or more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in flats in those buildings in the past 14 days.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said among those five cases were a domestic worker of South Asian descent and a housewife. She said the worker would stay at her own place and sometimes would also stay at her employer’s place.

A 73-year-old male with Covid-19 passed away on Friday, pushing the city’s death toll to 162.

Among the 34 linked Covid-19 infections, four were related to the Central Kowloon Route construction site cluster. There are 30 infections traced back to the cluster to date.

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Two more cases were connected to the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel outbreak.

The sole imported case is a 17-year-old male from Pakistan.

Asked if any measures can be relaxed, Chuang said the day-to-day coronavirus situation is fluctuating.

“The epidemic situation is not stable and is not a confirmed downward trend. Any relaxation of measures will cause a rebound,” Chuang said.

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