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8 COVID-19 cases reported

 (To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating eight additional COVID-19 cases, half of which are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, two have unknown sources of infection.   The centre's Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au told a press briefing that one of the unlinked cases involves a 34-year-old man who works in a computer company at Lincoln House in Taikoo Place.   Dr Au noted that the patient had visited K11 MUSEA in Tsim Sha Tsui on February 24 briefly.   “Today we have a confirmed case, number 11071, who had visited K11 MUSEA but just for a very brief time period. He had onset of illness on March 1. He told us that he went to a toilet on G/F of K11 MUSEA for about five to 10 minutes on February 24.   “During that visit he had worn a surgical mask and just went to the toilet without going to other places, and he had no contact with other visitors or people there. However, inside the washroom he took off his mask and also washed his face for a very brief moment.”   He said another patient who had tested preliminary positive for the virus, had visited K11 MUSEA two days later.   “The patient also had onset of illness on March 1. The patient went to K11 MUSEA art house on 4/F to watch a movie on February 26. The patient also wore a mask when visiting K11 MUSEA.   “Our preliminary investigation shows that both cases are of unknown source of infection at this moment.”   Dr Au said judging from the visiting time and symptom onset dates, the centre cannot rule out the possibility that the two patients might have acquired the infection in K11 MUSEA.   “Our investigation is still ongoing. Judging from the history and their visits, the possibility of getting the infection in K11 MUSEA exists, but the chance is not that high because from the confirmed cases recorded so far, there are no patients who had appeared in K11 MUSEA during the period.   “However, we will do further investigations, including liaising with the University of Hong Kong to do genetic sequencing for these two cases to see whether the genetic sequence is the same or different from other cases in the Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining cluster and also in Cartier.”   Meanwhile, four places are now covered by compulsory testing notices, including the buildings where the two confirmed cases with unknown sources of infection live.   Those who had worked or had been on duty at these premises from February 21 to March 6 have to undergo testing by March 8.   The Government will set up mobile specimen collection stations at Fu Tin Court in Tin Shui Wai and Fu Ning Garden in Tseung Kwan O tomorrow and the service period of some mobile stations will be extended.   The mobile station at Wah Kwai Community Hall will be relocated to Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground from March 8 and will be open until March 14 tentatively.   Additionally, the centre said in view of the Mainland's latest epidemic developments, the previous arrangement to provide specimen collection containers to inbound travellers arriving via land boundary control points who have been to Shanghai in the past 14 days will be cancelled from today.   These travellers, if they are not exempt, are subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days at a designated place upon arrival in Hong Kong.   The arrangement of distributing specimen collection containers to inbound travellers who have been to Heilongjiang, Hebei and Jilin in the past 14 days arriving via land boundary control points, which came into effect earlier, remains unchanged.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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