Another North Point temple-goer confirmed to have coronavirus, Hong Kong total at 92

Food and Environmental Hygiene personnel disinfect the sidewalk outside the Maylun Apartments building, the site of a Buddhist temple where at least four temple-goers reportedly caught the coronavirus. Screengrabs via YouTube and Apple Daily video.
Food and Environmental Hygiene personnel disinfect the sidewalk outside the Maylun Apartments building, the site of a Buddhist temple where at least four temple-goers reportedly caught the coronavirus. Screengrabs via YouTube and Apple Daily video.

Health officials have confirmed that a 72-year-old woman has become the latest person to have contracted the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 92.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Center for Health Protection’s Communicable Disease Branch, announced at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon that case 92 lives in Tseung Kwan O with her family, and had visited the Fook Wai Ching She Temple in North Point — the center of a cluster of infections — on multiple occasions.

After seeing the news reports about the Buddhist temple, she called the CHP hotline and was sent to United Christian Hospital, where lab results confirmed the had caught the virus.

Chuang confirmed that so far around 220 people who had been to the temple have contacted the CHP hotline, of whom 35 people have been put in quarantine, and 160 are under medical supervision.

Around 10 people who have contracted the virus had either visited the temple, or been in close contact with someone else who had.

One of the close contact cases was confirmed by the CHP in a press release last night. The authorities identified the man, case 91, as a 26-year-old male from Tai Tam whose mother was case 76.

Case 91’s father, brother, and domestic worker are asymptomatic and have been arranged for quarantine.

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