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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 85 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 84 are locally transmitted.

The centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told the media this afternoon that the cases involve 32 men and 53 women ranging in age from 21months to 88.

Among the locally transmitted cases, 16 have an unknown source of infection, 68 have links with previous cases and 63 are related to the dance club cluster.

The dance club cluster has registered 250 cases so far.

The CHP is also following up on more than 50 preliminary positive cases.

Dr Chuang noted that the COVID-19 patients include a medical practitioner who works at Union Hospital Polyclinic in Ma On Shan and a private clinic in Mong Kok.

She added that the preliminary positive cases include a 27-year-old male nurse of Gleneagles Hospital in Wong Chuk Hang.

“The doctor, we understand, is a linked case to the dance cluster and for the nurse, we are still investigating the possible source.

“According to them, they have put on enough personal protective equipment when taking care of patients or facing clients, so the possibility of them transmitting the virus to their patients is small.”

The newly confirmed cases also include a 44-year-old woman who returned from Shenzhen earlier this month and a 52-year-old woman living with her.

An initial investigation indicated that it was the older woman who infected the returnee from the Mainland who was under home quarantine.

Dr Chuang said: “The one under quarantine claimed that she did not go out during the quarantine period and the person who lives with her did go out.

“Currently, we have quite a number of cases in the community and we are not aware of locally acquired cases in Shenzhen. We have to consider all possibilities. The possibility of a locally acquired case is higher.”

There is only one imported case in which the patient arrived from the UK.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

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