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CHP investigates 66 confirmed and 15 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (January 30) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, January 30, the CHP was investigating 66 additional confirmed cases and 15 additional asymptomatic cases in the past 24 hours (i.e. there were 81 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus confirmed by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) in those 24 hours), while an earlier tested positive case (case 13752) turned out to be a re-positive case after investigation. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 13 679 so far, while the figures for asymptomatic cases and re-positive cases recorded since January 1 are 418 and eight respectively, i.e. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 14 105 cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.
     The newly reported cases consist of four imported cases, 15 local cases and 62 cases epidemiologically linked with previous cases. Seventy-two of the cases involve mutant strains, the mutation test results of seven cases are pending and the viral load of the remaining two cases is insufficient for mutation tests. The patients comprise 40 males and 41 females, aged ten-month-old to 84. For case details and contact tracing information, please see the Annex or the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk). Case status and classification may be subject to changes when there is new information available during epidemiological investigation and latest information is shown on "COVID-19 Thematic Website".

     As at 4pm today, a total of 994 cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been reported in the past 14 days (January 16 to 29). Six-hundred-and-six of them are epidemiologically linked with imported cases/possibly import-related, 52 are local cases, 147 are cases epidemiologically linked with local case, and the rest are imported cases.

     Separately, to stop the potential risk of further spread of the virus, the CHP has arranged/will arrange the residents concerned of the following buildings, where cases suspectedly related to environmental factors (including vertical/horizontal transmission and adjacent yard area) were detected, to undergo quarantine at quarantine centre:
  • Yung Lai House, Yau Lai Estate, Yau Tong (involving three cases at a room 26 and one case at another room 26 on an upper floor): residents of room 26 on 36th to 39th floor;
  • Yam Yue House, Shek Yam East Estate, Kwai Chung (involving one case at a room 06 and one case at another room 06 on an upper floor): residents of room 06 and 07 on 2nd to 8th floor;
  • Tower 2, Tivoli Garden, Tsing Yi (involving six cases at a unit E and one case at another unit E on an upper floor): residents of unit D and E on 26th to 32th floor;
     According to the testing and quarantine arrangements for cases with mutant strains, persons who resided or worked within the same building as the residence of relevant cases will be subject to compulsory testing on specified dates in accordance with the announcement by the DH. They will also be required to undergo self-monitoring until the 21st day (see the details of the buildings and dates of testing at www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/CTN_Specified_premises_and_Dates_of_Testing.pdf).

     The CHP strongly reminded members of the public to strictly follow the compulsory testing requirements and undergo the multiple tests on time as required. The compulsory testing requirement applies to those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course as well. The Government will seriously verify whether they had complied with the testing notices. Any person who fails to comply with the testing notices commits an offence and may be fined a fixed penalty of $5,000. The person would also be issued with a compulsory testing order requiring him or her to undergo testing within a specified time frame. Failure to comply with the order is an offence and the offender would be liable to a fine at level 4 ($25,000) and imprisonment for six months. Relevant officers of different government departments are empowered to perform certain functions under the relevant Regulations under the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599), including requesting individuals to provide information and assistance when necessary. Any person who fails to comply with the relevant request commits an offence and would be liable to a fine at level 3 ($10,000). The Government reiterates that the aim of issuing a compulsory testing notice is to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community as soon as possible to protect overall public health and safety.

     ​​The spokesman for the CHP stressed that the global situation of COVID-19 infection remains severe and there is a continuous increase in the number of cases involving mutant strains that carry higher transmissibility. With the higher transmissibility and risk of infection of the Omicron mutant strain, the CHP strongly appeals to the community to continue to comply with the recently tightened social distancing measures, and to refrain from participating in unnecessary or crowded activities or gatherings (particularly religious or cross-family activities and gatherings). This would lower the risk of infection and prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
Ends/Sunday, January 30, 2022
Issued at HKT 22:07
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