HONG KONG, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Centre of Health Protection (CHP) on Friday reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19 infection, bringing Hong Kong's total number of COVID-19 cases to 94.
The additional case involves a 61-year-old female passenger of the virus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess who returned from Japan to Hong Kong on the first chartered flight arranged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a daily press briefing.
She has not developed any symptom of the disease, but her respiratory sample was tested positive for COVID-19 virus. She was sent to Queen Mary Hospital and was diagnosed there on Friday.
Out of the current 94 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, 14 have been found related to a Buddhist temple in North Point area on Hong Kong Island.
Chuang said the HKSAR government's Department of Health has contacted with 247 people related to the temple, and has arranged for 38 of them to undergo quarantine and for 179 to receive medical surveillance.
Chief Manager of Hong Kong's Hospital Authority Sara Ho said at the briefing that out of the 94 COVID-19 cases, 30 patients have been discharged from the hospital upon recovery, while 62 are still being treated in isolation at hospital, including one in critical condition and four in serious condition.