Hong Kong’s three-week run of zero local infections was broken, as two of the 10 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were found to have no recent travel history. And it’s unclear how one of the local cases picked up the virus.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has announced a total of 10 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the number of cases to 1,269 in Hong Kong so far. Eight of the cases were imported.
One of the locally-transmiatted cases involves a 59-year-old man with a high viral load.
The restaurant worker has good past health and lives in Yuk Shek House, Ping Shek Estate. He developed runny nose, dizziness and chills on June 30. The patient then developed diarrhoea on July 3 and attended a private practitioner in Ping Shek Estate on the same day. He was admitted to Yan Chai Hospital yesterday (July 4) and his respiratory specimen was tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The patient was later transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for management.
The restaurants he works at are located at Ping Shek Estate and River Trade Terminal, Tuen Mun. Close contacts of the two restaurants concerned will be arranged for quarantine at a quarantine centre.
The other local case involves a 41-year-old nurse with good past health who lives in Block B, Hung Yu Mansion, 155 – 169 Castle Peak Road. She developed throat itchiness on July 2 and fever and chills on July 3. Her deep throat saliva specimen was tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). She is now admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.
The patient had no travel history but had met the 46-year-old female patient in a case confirmed on June 24. According to the CHP's initial epidemiological investigation, it is believed that the two cases are epidemiologically linked.
The nurse works at a private clinic on Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan. Her close contacts at work will be sent to a quarantine centre for quarantine.
As a precautionary measure for early detection of possible transmission into the community, the CHP will distribute deep throat saliva specimens bottles to residents living in the same building with the two patients and to people who had visited their work premises.
The CHP appeals to the related persons to return their samples to the CHP as soon as possible for early testing and to seek medical attention early if symptoms develop.
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