Coronavirus: 17 new infections confirmed in Hong Kong with 20 more people testing positive

Elizabeth Cheung

Hong Kong recorded 17 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, with 20 more people testing positive, including a 20-month-old child.

Ten of the 17 confirmed patients – which take the city total to 273 – have travel history to countries including US, Canada, Peru, Bolivia and Singapore.

The new cases were revealed after health experts warned of a surge in imported and community-spread infections, as Hongkongers returned home from abroad amid the global pandemic.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, said the total could rise later in the day with 20 people also initially testing positive.

In the regular coronavirus press conference on Saturday, Chuang said the toddler and a total of six students were among the 37 newly confirmed as infected or testing preliminarily positive.

The 20-month-old child was among a group who had attended a wedding in March 14. The toddler’s parents and the groom have been infected.

Three more people who visited Canada and Bolivia on a tour were also confirmed, taking the total number of those infected in the group to five. Two other participants have tested initially positive.

Dr Linda Yu Wai-ling, a chief manager from the Hospital Authority, said three more Covid-19 patients had been discharged in the past 24 hours. So far 101 people have recovered.

‘Work-from-home arrangements to be back in place, exams pushed back’

Yu said as of 3pm on Saturday, 88 people who arrived at the airport with respiratory symptoms had been referred for further Covid-19 checks at a temporary test centre at AsiaWorld-Expo, which was opened to handle the influx of people returning from overseas.

Another 13 people were sent to the other temporary centre at North Lantau Hospital. Six of the total tested across both centres were confirmed as infected.

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