Coronavirus: third wave fears escalate in HK as city records 14 new Covid-19 cases, 9 local with no recent travel history

08-Jul-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Fears of a third wave of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong escalated on Tuesday when nine of 14 newly confirmed cases were found to be local and without recent travel history, as the government introduced compulsory testing for some of those exempt from quarantine.

“Since last weekend, the local epidemic situation has changed quickly. The situation is very critical,” Dr Wong Ka-hing, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, told a press briefing on Tuesday.

The alarming toll was recorded as health officials announced there was an outbreak in a nursing home in Tsz Wan Shan and some residents there would be sent into a quarantine centre.

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An 85-year-old female resident at Kong Tai Care for Aged Centre Limited was confirmed as infected.

Three other care home residents are also suspected as having the virus, including a 79-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, who had both tested preliminary positive.

Another woman with signs of fever had been sent to hospital for a check-up. Close contacts of the infected care home resident would be taken to Hong Kong PHAB Association Jockey Club PHAB Camp for quarantine.

The source of infection cannot be traced in at least five of the nine local cases confirmed on Tuesday, including an IT worker at the Hospital Authority who visited Disneyland earlier this month.

Another is a chef in his 40s who works at a restaurant in Shek Mun. His wife and son, who have mild symptoms, have also been sent to hospital for surveillance.


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