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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

A male nurse of Queen Elizabeth Hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.

The nurse, who works in the hospital’s general medical ward, had the onset of cough on September 28. He attended the hospital’s accident and emergency department on September 30 due to fever.

The nurse performed routine clinical duties in the ward and was equipped with appropriate protective equipment during work. He did not have any contact with COVID-19 patients in the past two weeks.

He initially tested positive after undergoing a deep throat saliva test. The patient is currently in stable condition and receiving isolation treatment.

Six hospital staff who had meals with him at different times are classified as close contacts. They are all asymptomatic and need to be quarantined.

The authority said an initial investigation shows no evidence that the nurse acquired the disease in the hospital.

The hospital has conducted tests for the patients and staff concerned and so far 29 staff and 44 patients have tested negative.

As a precautionary measure, the ward has suspended admission of patients and thorough cleansing and disinfection has been arranged.

The authority emphasised that Queen Elizabeth Hospital will closely monitor the health of its staff and patients and liaise with the Centre for Health Protection about the latest situation.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News