Wed. Oct 21st, 2020

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four new COVID-19 cases, one of which is locally transmitted.

The local case, with an unknown source of infection, involves a 22-year-old male student who lives in Sha Tin and last attended the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee) on September 29.

At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said the patient went to a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui on September 23.

“We identified one high-risk activity during the incubation period in which he visited a bar with a few friends.

“So far, we have not identified any confirmed cases from this activity and among his friends, but we are still investigating.”

Dr Chuang added that the patient’s school in Tseung Kwan O will close for 14 days.

“If there is a patient of a case who had visited the school during the communicable period, usually we would advise the school to close for two weeks and carry out disinfection as well as testing for all the students and teachers.

“We identified two close contacts who had shared a meal together with the patient during the communicable period. We’ll distribute specimen collection bottles to the residents of the place where the patient lives.”

The three other cases are imported and came from the Philippines, India and the UK.

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

By Bureau