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HK sees 80% rise in new Covid-19 cases

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The number of local infections in Hong Kong has increased by 80% to 103 over the past week from 57 the week before, raising the risk of a large-scale community outbreak in the city.

According to the Center for Health Protection, the number of people who were infected with the Covid-19 virus during the week ended April 1 was 355, 103 or 29% of whom had no travel history. The number of people who were infected during the week ended March 25 was 218, 57 or 26% of whom had no travel history.

Apart from the imported cases related to overseas Hong Kong students and those who were infected while mingling in bars and restaurants, the recent infections included a 40-day-old baby, a domestic worker who was infected by her employer’s teenage son and a domestic short-haired cat.

On Wednesday, a 40-day-old baby became the youngest Covid-19 patient in Hong Kong, according to the Center for Health Protection. 

The baby’s parents threw a full moon party for their son on March 20 and allowed a 34-year-old female friend to hold the baby. The woman, who was infected in a bar, was registered as No 462 patient on March 27. The couple were not infected.

In Chinese culture, parents usually host a banquet and serve guests black vinegar pork knuckles with ginger 30 days after their child is born. The tradition originated in ancient times when infant mortality was very high.

Domestic worker

A 25-year-old domestic worker, identified as No.742 patient, lived with an infected family in an apartment in Elm Tree Towers, Jardine’s Lookout.

Last month, her employer’s 14-year-old son returned to Hong Kong from the United Kingdom. Between March 26 and 27, the teenager (No. 613), his father (No 467), mother (No 622) and 11-year-old sister (No 612) started to show illness symptoms and were later found to be infected with the coronavirus.

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