Pinay DH among 12 new COVID-19 cases as HK warns of epidemic ‘rebound’

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Health authorities are warning the public of a possible COVID-19 rebound with the surge in preliminary positive infections. (FILE PHOTO)

A newly-arrived Filipina domestic worker is among the 12 new COVID-19 cases recorded, as health authorities warned of an epidemic “rebound” with 20 preliminary cases detected in various districts.

Dr. Wong Ka-hing, Controller of the Centre for Health Protection, made a stern appeal on behalf of health authorities since the stabilization of the third wave of infection.

“The epidemic may have a rapid and big rebound, I remind citizens here to maintain vigilance,” Wong said in Cantonese.

The domestic worker, 35, arrived on Cathay Pacific flight CX906 on Nov. 17 and tested positive at the airport. She is among the eight imported infections—the others include returnees from India, the United Kingdom, and flight crew from the U.S.

Of the four local cases, two have an unknown origin of infection. A 75-year-old businesswoman who works at Lynhurst Terrace and lives in Stubbs Road had tested positive for COVID-19, and the source of her infection is unknown.

Her infection has raised concerns over a possible new cluster of infection after five visitors of a dance club she visited on Nov. 14 had tested preliminary positive. The businesswoman had gone to the Starlight Dance Club along Lockhart Road in Wan Chai from 3 to 5 p.m. that day.

The CHP said the club’s employees will have to be isolated and tested.

Another case with an unknown source of infection is a 65-year-old female retiree living in Tai Kok Tsui. She developed symptoms on Nov. 14 and sought a private doctor two days after.

Among the 20 preliminary positive cases detected today is an expatriate, 31, who lives in Causeway Bay. He has been in Hong Kong since January and has two close contacts.

Also included in the preliminary positive cases recorded are a construction worker working in Yuen Long, a female security guard aged 61 in Greenwood Garden, and a 63-year-old taxi driver who shares his vehicle with two night-shift drivers.

As of Thursday, Hong Kong has a COVID-19 case total of 5,491 and 108 related deaths.