FEHD worker, daughter of India tour group member among new coronavirus cases

The daily coronavirus briefing from March 10, 2020. Screengrab via Facebook video/HK01.
The daily coronavirus briefing from March 10, 2020. Screengrab via Facebook video/HK01.

Health officials today confirmed that three more people have contracted COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the city to 119.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, from the Centre for Health Protection, confirmed at a daily press briefing this afternoon that a 52-year-old woman and her 48-year-old domestic worker — referred to as cases 117 and 118 — were among the newly-confirmed cases.

She said that case 117 is the daughter of a woman who visited India with a tour group, which has been at the center of a cluster of new cases in the past week.

Chuang said that case 117’s mom lives in Vancouver, and arrived in Hong Kong on Feb. 24 and stayed at her daughter’s place at Baguio Villa in Pok Fu Lam, returning to Vancouver on Feb. 29. The onset of symptoms for case 117’s mom occurred on Feb. 28.

Upon her return to Vancouver, the mom subsequently tested positive for coronavirus, with local media in Vancouver reporting that the woman is in her 80s.

The daughter stayed mainly at home, and reported a fever on Monday, while the domestic worker reported a cough and sore throat, but no fever.

Chuang also said that a 59-year-old man who works for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department was among the newly-confirmed cases. Case 119 lives in Tai Po with his wife and son, and works at Tai Po market. He went on a tour group holiday to Egypt with his wife from Feb. 27 to March 7, and developed a cough and mild fever on the day he returned to the SAR.

He was later confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 after visiting the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po.

His wife, meanwhile, reported that she developed a cough during the trip. She and the couple’s son have been put into quarantine.

Chuang confirmed that a total of eight people were part of the Egypt tour group.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Correspondents Club announced that they will be closed until Friday, March 13 for deep cleaning, after learning that one of their members had contracted the virus and was hospitalized on Friday.

The member in question last visited the club 19 days ago, and was quarantined on Thursday after a family member tested positive for the virus.

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