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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today said it is investigating 82 additional COVID-19 cases, adding that residents of a Wong Tai Sin public housing block must undergo compulsory testing as further infections were reported there.

The centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing there are 77 local cases, of which 37 have an unknown source of infection.

Of the cases linked with previous ones, two are residents of Kwai Tung House at Tung Tau Estate in Wong Tai Sin, taking the number of infections there to nine.

The infected residents live in six different units, three of which face the same direction. HKU Chair of Infectious Diseases, Department of Microbiology Prof Yuen Kwok-yung has inspected the housing block together with CHP staff.

Dr Chuang said: “Concerning Tung Tau Estate, a site inspection is being carried out at the present moment by relevant experts. Based on previous experience, we are worried that the drainage pipes may be one of the possible sources of transmission, that is why we would like to find out.

“The follow-up action will be based on the site inspection findings. We will issue a compulsory testing notice for the whole building because there are quite a number of units affected at the moment already.”

The CHP is also investigating a possible outbreak among foreign domestic helpers who had stayed at a boarding house in Tai Po. Two of these helpers are among the newly infected patients.

“For the two foreign domestic helpers who stayed in a boarding house in Tai Po at weekends, we are worried that there may be an outbreak among the domestic helpers – we found two confirmed cases. I learnt that there are maybe a few preliminary positive cases.

“We are chasing other possible contacts and we will put them under quarantine,” Dr Chuang added.

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

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