A Star Ferry prepares to dock in Central on Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on May 4, 2022. (PETER PARKS / AFP)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported 291 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as health authorities looked into another outbreak in Sheung Wan.
The new cases included 253 local infections and 38 imported cases, Albert Au, principal medical and health officer of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection, said at a press briefing.
The new cases included 253 local infections and 38 imported cases, said Albert Au, principal medical and health officer of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection
He said 116 were detected thru nucleic acid testing and 175 by rapid antigen tests. Au added that 11 travelers—five men and six women--were also positive for the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant while another female traveler had the BA.4 subvariant.
Au said that the new cluster was detected at another eatery in Sheung Wan, involving five cases. The patients did not know each other but four of them attended a course at a training school, where another case was found.
“They sat in different tables at the eatery on May 13. They started showing mild symptoms between May 15 and 18,” Au said.
He added that the CHP was still trying to determine whether the infections originated in the eatery or at the school.
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Au also said that the Sky Cuisine restaurant cluster in Sheung Wan had three new cases, bringing its total to 73 infections. Three other cases were also found at the Imperial Kitchen restaurant cluster in Kwun Tong, which now has 29 infections.
Au added that 15 students and two teaching staff members also reported testing positive for the virus but the cases were not linked.
Meanwhile, Lau Ka-hin, chief manager (quality and standards) of the Hospital Authority, said in the same briefing that a 91-year-old woman infected with COVID-19 died in the last 24 hours. She came from a residential care home and did not have a vaccination record, Lau added.
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