Hong Kong reports first local COVID-19 cases in two weeks

Hong Kong reports first local COVID-19 cases in two weeks

People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, commute on a train in Hong
People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, commute on a train in Hong Kong on Apr 4, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Dale De La Rey) 

HONG KONG: Hong Kong has confirmed its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, fuelling concerns over its spread as restrictions on movement are relaxed.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Sunday (May 31) it was investigating two confirmed cases of coronavirus, taking the number of cases so far to 1,085. Four people have died of the disease in Hong Kong.

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The global financial hub last reported a locally transmitted case on May 14, when a 62-year-old man with no travel history was confirmed with coronavirus.

The two new cases involved a 34-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man. 

Neither had a travel history during the incubation or infectious period, CHP said. Contact tracing was underway, it added.

The woman is a night-shift worker at a Kerry Logistics warehouse in Kwai Chung district where she labels food items imported from the United Kingdom, broadcaster RTHK reported.

Two co-workers, who fell ill about a month ago, tested positive for COVID-19 and authorities are investigating if the warehouse where one of the patients works represents a new cluster of infections, RTHK reported, citing CHP.

About 25 staff in the warehouse and three medical staff who dealt with one of the patients are being quarantined for 14 days, RTHK reported.

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