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The Centre for Health Protection announced it is investigating an additional 73 COVID-19 cases, of which 69 are locally transmitted.
At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan noted that there are 38 cases with unknown sources of infection – more than half the cases reported today.
“The proportion of unlinked cases every day, especially today, is worrying. I think there are still quite significant silent transmissions in the community – not all cases are being picked up by our surveillance system – so I urge the public that if they have any mild symptoms, even if they had undergone testing previously and had a negative result, they should go for testing and seek medical attention as soon as possible so that we can control and prevent a further spread of the virus. Otherwise the number of cases may have an exponential increase.”
One of the cases involves an 89-year old female resident of Kin Ling Elderly Home, Yen Yin Building, Yau Ma Tei. The building is on the compulsory testing notice and her case was detected via compulsory testing.
“The source of infection for the elderly person in the residential care home is still being investigated.
“We have only one case so far and she is wheelchair-bound, so she usually does not leave the residential care home except for follow-ups or admission to hospitals.
“The source may be from the staff or residents or even visitors, so we still need to investigate.”
She added that 13 cases were detected in the specified area in Yau Ma Tei to Jordan.
Dr Chuang also said there are more than 60 preliminary positive cases, including one at Block 5, Laguna City, Cha Kwo Ling.
Noting that there are five confirmed cases and one preliminary positive case involving units E at three different floors of the building so far, the centre co-ordinated with related Government departments and conducted a site inspection this morning.
The Department of Health will issue quarantine orders to all asymptomatic residents of units E and those units combining with units E on all floors of Block 5 and transfer them to quarantine centres, while symptomatic residents will be sent to hospital for treatment.
In view of the latest epidemic developments on the Mainland, starting tomorrow, inbound travellers who have been to Shandong in the past 14 days arriving via land boundary control points will be provided with two specimen collection containers.
The previous arrangement to provide specimen collection containers to inbound travellers arriving via land boundary control points who have been to Tianjin in the past 14 days will be cancelled from tomorrow.
These travellers, if they are not exempt, are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days at a designated place (home or other accommodation) upon arrival in Hong Kong.
For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.