Pinay, Indo domestic workers among 107 Covid-19 cases

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The Centre for Health Protection in Kowloon City.

Hong Kong has recorded 107 new Covid-19 infections today, the highest in over a month, with health authorities attributing the case surge to mandatory testing in Yau Tsim Mong.

The Centre for Health Protection said that there were five imported cases, including two domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia who arrived on Jan. 16.

Two arrivals from Nepal tested positive for Covid-19 while under quarantine, as well as a returnee from the United Arab Emirates.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from CHP’s communicable disease branch said more than 20 of the new cases were detected in buildings in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan under mandatory Covid-19 testing. Seven more buildings in the area will have to undergo coronavirus testing after cases were detected in their flats.

The Centre also said that since Jan. 4, around 160 of the 661 cases live in Yau Ma Tei—120 of which were found in the bordered area under mandatory testing. Of the more than 600 cases, more than a fourth were of South Asian descent.

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“They may have some social gatherings such as smoking and drinking during the evenings and also other activities,” Chuang said. “They like to visit each other and they like to sleepover in each other’s home.”

Chuang warned of an exponential rise in Covid-19 cases with Hong Kong’s caseload today, which pushed the city’s total infection tally to 9,665.

“If any of these cases visited any high-risk area or are exposed to many people, there may be exponential increase as in previous outbreaks,” she explained.

More than 50 people tested preliminarily positive for the virus, including a doctor at the Northern District Hospital’s intensive care unit. She had intubated a confirmed Covid-19 case while covered in full protective gear.

In Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a patient care assistant who last went to work on Jan. 16 also tested preliminarily positive for the virus. She had meals with five colleagues, who will be sent to quarantine.

Hong Kong’s coronavirus-related death toll rose to 163 after the passing of an 86-year-old woman with Covid-19 in the same hospital this afternoon.

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