Just as Hong Kong proceeds toward recovery from its deadliest COVID outbreak, sewage samples at a public housing residence in Kennedy Town (Sai Wan Estate) tested positive for high levels of the virus. This prompted lockdowns for all five blocks of the residential area.
Following this announcement, The University of Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine posted a warning of a potentially large virus cluster in the area on social media. They urged students and staff to refrain from going there, as it neighbors the school.
Findings are still at the beginning stages, so details of the extent of this growing cluster remain unknown for now. So far, five COVID cases have been reported from four families in West Terrace on different floors of the building. Meanwhile, the government has been providing rapid antigen test kits to workers and residents in close vicinity.
“It has come to our attention that there is potentially a large Covid-19 cluster developing in and around Kennedy Town. We would strongly advise all students and staff to refrain from visiting the area for lunch or engage in any mask-off activities for the rest of this week,” read the notice issued by The University of Hong Kong’s Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine on Thursday morning. They also reminded students and staff to upload daily rapid test results to the school’s system before entering campus.
“These cases may explain some of the findings in this sewage finding,” said Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s Communicable Disease Branch, referring to the five positive cases reported from West Terrace. “Of course there may be other cases in that district,” she added.