5 COVID-19 cases reported

October 24, 2020

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)


The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional COVID-19 cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 5,289.


Among the new cases, four are imported and one is locally transmitted with an unknown source of infection.


At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said the local case involves a 56-year-old man who lives with his family in Block 9, Nan Fung Sun Chuen, Quarry Bay.


She noted that the patient is an engineering supervisor who started having symptoms on October 21.


Dr Chuang pointed out that he went to Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre Phase 2, which has not commenced operation, for waterproofing works from October 10 to 12.


“During the communicable period, he mainly stayed at the office or at home, so there are no other workers in the construction site who are required to be sent to quarantine camps.


“But for the source tracing, we will distribute specimen bottles to those concerned workers and other people he met during the incubation period to see whether there are other unlinked cases or possible silent transmissions.”


Dr Chuang added that about 10 co-workers who shared the same office with him will have to be quarantined.


The imported cases are from France, Indonesia, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.


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

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