Mandatory tests on 4 tenement buildings as 60 Covid-19 cases logged

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Reclamation Street in Jordan. (SOURCE: Google Street Maps/Google)

A compulsory Covid-19 testing order was issued on four old tenement blocks in Jordan on Tuesday after 10 more residents were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.

Health authorities confirmed 60 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the city’s coronavirus case tally to 9,283. The new cases were all local transmissions with 13 of them having no traceable source of infection.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, reported that the buildings on 20, 22, 24, and 26 Reclamation Street in Jordan will have to undergo testing.

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The four buildings were connected through a common corridor and had subdivided flats housing ethnic minorities.

Some of the traces in the 14 affected flats could be traced back to earlier clusters, such as the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel construction site, the Central Kowloon Route site, and the airport runway outbreak.

Tenants, visitors, and workers who had been at any of those buildings for more than two hours from Dec. 30, 2020 to Jan 12, 2021 will have to undergo testing by Jan. 15.

Another testing order was also issued on Kam Shek House, Lam Shek House, and Wong Shek House of Ping Shek Estate after sewage samples from those buildings tested positive.

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