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Hong Kong fourth wave: public housing block cluster grows, as city registers 82 new Covid-19 cases!

  • Almost half of 77 local infections untraceable, as officials identify possible outbreak among domestic workers

  • Cases among residents of Kwai Tung House in Wong Tai Sin on the rise, as dance club cluster also increases

A cluster of Covid-19 cases in a public housing block grew on Monday, prompting the Hong Kong government to put residents under a mandatory testing order, as the city registered 82 new coronavirus infections.

Thirty-seven of the new cases were untraceable, accounting for almost half of the 77 local infections, and health officials identified a possible outbreak in a boarding house for domestic helpers in Tai Po.

Public hospital officials warned it was not just the older members of society who were susceptible to serious complications from the virus, with around half of the Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care units in the past 11 months under 70 years old, they said.

Monday also marked the death of one more patient, with a 49-year-old chronically ill man dying at United Christian Hospital, after being admitted last Wednesday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the city stands at 7,623, with 118 related deaths.