Sources told RTHK and SCMP on Tuesday May 12 that a 66-year-old woman with no recent travel history has tested positive for Covid-19 – in what would be Hong Kong’s first locally-contracted case of the disease in 22 days.
It’s understood that health authorities are waiting for results of a confirmatory test, but the patient will be admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation and treatment.
The woman’s case, which is yet to be officially categorised by source of infection, takes Hong Kong’s total to 1,048, with four related deaths.
If confirmed Hong Kong's 22 days without any new local cases will be broken.
Hong Kong has only recently started scaling back anti-epidemic measures – with most government staff only going back to the office at the beginning of this month, after a long spell of working from home.
A gathering ban was relaxed to allow groups of up to eight people to get together just last Friday – double the previous limit – while some previously-shut businesses like bars, cinemas and gyms have been allowed to reopen their doors.
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