The financial Central district, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China, March 2, 2020. (Photo: CGTN)
HONG KONG, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported on Monday 24 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong to 914.
The 24 new cases involve 10 females and 14 males, 18 of whom had travel history during the incubation period, Head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a daily press briefing on Monday afternoon.
The 18 patients with travel history include three students who were studying overseas, a domestic helper who have been to Britain with her employer, and five of the 65 Hong Kong residents who returned from Peru by chartered flights arranged by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.
Among the five patients returning from Peru, three joined a tour group of 20 tourists and a guide. After their diagnosis, the other 18 members of the group will be sent to quarantine centers, Chuang said.
Out of the six patients without travel history, five are related to the clustered outbreaks in bars, including two children, aged three and eight, of a female who worked at a bar.
According to Chuang, the bars-related clusters have grown to include more than 80 cases in total and have seen the fourth-generation transmission.
The other of the six locally infected cases is a 48-year-old male working at a shopping mall in the Causeway Bay area on Hong Kong Island. Investigations into his source of disease is still ongoing, and it is suspected that the case is probably related to a couple who have been diagnosed earlier with COVID-19.
The patient developed symptoms such as runny nose since March 23 but continued to work, and went to a karaoke lounge on March 25 with several colleagues, Chuang said. She reiterated the importance of reducing gathering and maintaining social distancing.