Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 11 additional COVID-19 cases, of which nine are locally transmitted and two are imported.

At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said one of the local cases involves a Baptist University student who was on campus during the infectious period.

She explained that specimen bottles will be distributed to those who had been in the same classrooms as the patient, but that there was no need for the university to suspend classes.

“For the Baptist University case, because the university is very big and it is an adult school, we will offer COVID-19 tests for those who had shared the same classrooms – usually in the lecture or theatre-type rooms.

“According to our understanding, there is not much close contact between the classmates. Anyway, we will offer them tests. We advised them to clean their classrooms, but we have not advised the whole school to suspend classes because it is too big.”

The patient’s relative, who studies at a secondary school in Tseung Kwan O, was also confirmed infected with COVID-19.

Another case with an unknown infection source is a 57-year-old man who lives in a care home in Kwai Chung. The care home’s other residents and staff will be put under quarantine.

“For the Home of Treasure Company care home, we have one confirmed COVID-19 case and two preliminary positive cases. We have tested the other residents and because of the close interaction between the residents, we foresee that there may be more cases coming up. We will arrange for them to be sent to a quarantine centre.”

Noting that there have been some cases with unknown infection sources and outbreak clusters recently, Dr Chuang did not rule out a rebound of the epidemic.

“We are seeing some cases with unknown sources of infection increasing. It is a worrying situation, so we are afraid that there may be a rebound.”

She called on the public to maintain social distancing and other anti-epidemic measures.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

By Bureau