NewsHong Kong reports highest daily spike since December

Hong Kong reports highest daily spike since December

-

Hong Kong (China): Hong Kong health authorities confirmed 107 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the highest daily caseload since December 19.

The authorities revealed that about one in four infections over the past two weeks involved members of ethnic minority communities, many of whom lived in the Yau Ma Tei area, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s (CHP) communicable disease branch, revealed that all but five of the latest cases were locally transmitted, while 42 were untraceable. Over 50 people had also tested preliminary-positive.

He further said that 28 of the new infections were discovered through local testing centers in Yau Ma Tei, while 20 other cases were reported with untraceable sources.

Out of 661 local cases recorded since January 4, about 160 involved residents living in Yau Ma Tei involved members of ethnic minorities, predominantly Nepalese and with some India, according to Cheung.

According to SCMP, authorities had issued mandatory testing orders to residents of old residential buildings in the Yau Tsim Mong district last week, after cases emerged in four tenement blocks on Reclamation Street in Jordan.

Earlier on Monday, infectious disease specialist Dr. Joseph Tsang Kay-yan said the government should extend the screening order to all residents in the district’s Yau Ma Tei and Jordan areas, as well as restaurant staff, retail store workers, and food delivery couriers, SCMP further reported.

The latest infections pushed the city’s overall tally to 9,664, while the death of an elderly patient brought the number of related fatalities to 163.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Swiss unanimously votes for same-sex union referendum

GENEVA — In Switzerland, a controversial same-sex marriage referendum has been resoundingly approved by voters of the conservative, rich Alpine...

New Covid surge overwhelms hospitals in parts of US

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to one of the country's top health officials, the spike in coronavirus cases in the...

China wants effeminate male celebs to man up

WASHINGTON — Macho men are in and effeminate male performers are out as Beijing expands its crackdown on China's entertainment...

Billie Eilish, BTS to perform at climate change concert

Billie Eilish, BTS, and Elton John, among others, will donate their star power to Global Citizen Live on Saturday...

Google faces off EU in court over record $5.1 billion antitrust fine

This week, Google will face the European Commission in a five-day court hearing, appealing a record $5.1 billion fine...

WHO’s Covax misses 2021 target. What went wrong?

The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you