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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 81 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 75 are locally transmitted.

The centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told reporters at a press briefing this afternoon the cases involve 34 men and 47 women ranging in age from 15 to 85.

Among the locally transmitted cases, 13 have an unknown source of infection and 62 have links with previous cases, 59 of which are related to the dance club cluster.

The dance club cluster has registered 311 cases so far.

Dr Chuang noted that outbreaks were recorded in seven more venues, adding that people who had visited those places have to undergo compulsory testing.

“The additional seven venues (which will be issued a compulsory testing notice) include some restaurants with dance and meal activities.

“According to the patients of linked COVID-19 cases, they typically may go alone or with another friend but they will sit together with some other unknown people at the same table, for example four to six people altogether, and then they may dance.

“And other COVID-19 cases are linked to a pop band that stages live music because we found that on November 20, there were quite a number of patients of these cases visited there and some of the performers have tested positive.”

The imported cases arrived from the UK, the US, Russia, Myanmar and Romania.

The centre is also following up on more than 60 preliminary positive cases.

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

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News