People walk past a street stall offering items for sale at a market in the Sham Shui Po area of Hong Kong on March 13, 2021. (PETER PARKS / AFP)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong reported 24 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 from a growing gym cluster, pushing city’s tally of confirmed patients to 11,281.
In a press briefing, Albert Au Ka-wing, principal medical and health officer of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said all the new cases were local infections, including 10 untraceable cases.
More than 20 persons tested preliminarily positive, he added.
So far, the Ursus Fitness cluster has a total of of 109 infections, involving 81 customers and 21 close contacts of customers or staff
Au said that of the 14 infections linked to previous cases, that of 10 patients--six customers and four close contacts of customers or staff--were traced to the Ursus Fitness club cluster.
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So far, the cluster has a total of of 109 infections, involving 81 customers and 21 close contacts of customers or staff, Au said.
He said that 750 close contacts of patients from this cluster had been identified and would be brought to quarantine centers. Around 1,900 other persons were required to undergo testing.
The 10 untraceable cases included that of a 44-year-old construction site worker, a 38-year-old male who worked at at VIP lounge at the Hong Kong airport terminal 1, a 65-year-old interior design company employee, a 12 year-old student, and a two housewives.
According to the Hospital Authority, there were 268 patients being treated in more than 20 public hospitals, including 13 patients in critical condition and 10 in serious condition.
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