In this file photo, Housing Department staff members assist residents of Shun Yat House, Yat Tung (II) Estate, 8 Yat Tung Road, Tung Chung to register for COVID-19 testing on Jan 8, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG - The Hong Kong government on Tuesday night cordoned off three buildings in Aberdeen, Tung Chung, and Lai Chi Kok after four COVID-19 cases were detected, including one with an unknown source.
In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection said restricted areas were set up at Ka Sing House, Ka Lung Court, Aberdeen; 72-74 Broadway, Mei Foo Sun Chuen Phase 3, Lai Chi Kok; and Tower 1, Monterey Cove, Caribbean Coast Phase 1, Tung Chung for overnight targeted testing operations.
The building in Lai Chi Kok was cordoned off after a 26-year-old female resident tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus. The source of of her infection was unknown
The building in Lai Chi Kok was cordoned off after a 26-year-old female resident tested preliminarily positive for the coronavirus. The source of of her infection was unknown.
The woman worked as a teacher in Learning Habitat Kindergarten (Novum East) in Quarry Bay and last went to work on Jan 15, the CHP said.
She developed symptoms on Jan 16 and consulted a private doctor the following day. Her sample collected at a community testing centre tested preliminarily positive.
The CHP said a restricted area was also set up at Ka Sing House after a 67-year-old female resident tested positive for the virus while her 73-year-old husband was admitted to a hospital after developing symptoms on Monday and tested preliminary positive.
The woman had talked to an infected employee of the Little Boss pet shop in Causeway Bay. The CHP said it was arranging for all customers who had contact with the employee from Jan 7 to 15 to undergo compulsory quarantine. Those who bought hamsters from the shop on or after Jan 7 will also be quarantined.
On the other hand, the building in Tung Chung was cordoned off after a COVID-19 case was detected involving a 16-year-old boy.
The patient studied in Delia Memorial School (Broadway) at 80-86 Broadway, Mei Foo and attended exams from Jan 10 to 14 in the same classroom with another student whose infection was announced on Tuesday.
The boy started having symptoms on Jan 16 and went to a public hospital on Monday. He tested preliminarily positive that same day.
“Persons who resided or worked at the buildings will be subject to increased compulsory testing frequency. The places where the patients had visited during the incubation periods will also be included in a compulsory testing notice,” reads the CHP statement.
All three operations have been completed by Wednesday morning. Residents who have received SMS notification of a negative testing result or wore a wristband as proof of having undergone the compulsory testing could leave.
Meanwhile, two residents of Tung Moon House, Tai Hang Tung Estate in Sham Shui Po tested preliminarily positive for the virus. The family of the Tung Chung student’s infected classmate lives in a unit 14 in the building while the two residents live in another unit 14 on a different floor.
The Department of Health will issue quarantine orders to asymptomatic residents of units 14 from the first to the 11th floor of Tung Moon House and transfer them to a quarantine facility. A total of 19 environmental samples were collected from the building with the test results pending.
In a separate statement, the government said Honduras will be included in the list of high-risk places for COVID-19 infection starting Jan 21 after Omicron cases were detected in the country.
Non-Hong Kong residents who have stayed there within 21 days will not be allowed to enter the SAR. City residents can only board a flight home if they have been fully vaccinated and hold a recognized vaccination record, the government added.
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