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The Centre for Health Protection today said that it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 4,711.
Among the new cases, 16 are locally transmitted and three are imported.
Half of the local cases are related to previous ones, while the others are those with unknown sources of infection.
The centre’s Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan also reported during a press briefing this afternoon that five more residents and one caretaker of Hong Chi Lei Muk Shue Hostel residential care home for the disabled, where three confirmed cases were recorded earlier, have preliminarily tested positive for the virus.
Dr Chuang explained that according to initial information, most of the residents have been staying in the hostel since July.
She added that it is possible that the caretakers may have contracted the virus while going out in the community, resulting in the COVID-19 outbreak in the hostel.
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