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Sunday, February 28, 2021, 09:59
Mandatory testing for mall staff as HK reports 33 new virus cases
By Wang Zhan
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 09:59 By Wang Zhan

People line up to receive the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination center in Hong Kong, Feb 26, 2021. (KIN CHEUNG / AP)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong reported 33 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, the largest one-day increase since Feb 5, as a cluster originated from a restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui further expanded.

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Saturday's new cases included 31 locally transmitted ones, 10 of which were untraceable, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said at a briefing.

Anyone working at K11 Musea will now be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing as silent transmission might have occurred in the shopping mall, a health official said

Fifteen of the fresh cases belonged to the cluster originated from Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining at K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui, Chuang said. Nine of them were patrons, four workers and two close contacts, Chuang added. The new additions pushed the total number of infected patients in the cluster to 20.

Chuang said there were also around 20 patients who tested preliminary positive, including seven relating to the cluster.

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Anyone working at K11 Musea will now be subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing as silent transmission might have occurred in the shopping mall, Chuang said.

She also called on people who have visited the mall on or after Feb 19 to take the COVID-19 test.

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The two imported cases reported on Saturday involved a foreign domestic helper from the Philippines and a traveler from India.

The city’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 10,983.

According to the Hospital Authority, 203 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, including 17 in critical condition.

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