K11 MUSEA staff ordered to test for Covid-19 as cluster grows to 34

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Mall staff of the K11 MUSEA mall in Tsim Sha Tsui were ordered to undergo compulsory Covid-19 tests as 15 more infections linked to a restaurant there were detected on Saturday.

The 15 infections traced back to Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining belong to the 33 confirmed coronavirus cases the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) confirmed. The restaurant cluster now has a total of 34 infections.

CHP communicable disease branch head Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan said K11 MUSEA staff were ordered to get tested as a precaution after another worker in the mall’s Cartier boutique tested preliminarily positive for the virus.

She also advised those who visited the mall on Feb. 19, the day when a suspected Covid-19 “super-spreader” worked in the restaurant, to watch out for symptoms.

“Since we have observed a possibly super spreading event in that restaurant and there are also quite a number of staff and patrons getting infected, it is possible the infections may not just occur in the restaurant because the staff may be infectious during entrance or in the mall,” she said.

Chuang added that 61 out of 76 Mr. Ming’s Chinese Dining customers who had lunch there on Feb. 19 have been quarantined, while the others are still being traced.

Of the 33 new Covid-19 cases logged, ten were locally transmitted with untraceable origins. The confirmed cases today also include two imported infections: a 29-year-old foreign domestic worker from the Philippines who arrived on Feb. 25 and a 44-year-old male from India.

Hong Kong has logged 10,984 cases of Covid-19 so far. More than 20 people had tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus, including seven people from the K11 restaurant cluster.

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