At least 100 well-known Hong Kong people are in quarantine after attending a massive birthday party – despite city state regulations banning indoor dining after 6 p.m. – which has been a nightmare week for them. health authorities desperately trying to contain a rapidly spreading epidemic.
The party, which was set to celebrate the birthday of greatest lawmaker Witman Hung, took place before Carrie Lamb banned indoor dining and closed bars and gyms after Omicron was identified in the town . Hong Kong, like China, has pledged “zero tolerance” in its battle to keep the country COVID-free before the Winter Games next month.
The blatant recklessness of those who are supposed to lead by example upset Lamb. “We have made all our efforts to fight the epidemic,” she said on Friday. “As senior government officials, we have all the more reason to set a good example and avoid attending private gatherings which can present a major danger. “
Guests now forced into quarantine at the controversial Penny’s Bay quarantine camp include Immigration Director Au Ka-wang and Home Secretary Caspar Tsui.
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Hong Kong has been rocked by a number of super-spreader groups in recent days, including an outbreak on Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship and a group of restaurants both linked to Cathay’s flight attendants Pacific Airlines who bypassed quarantines.
Health officials have warned of an exponential growth in cases when the clusters collide, affecting the party of party politicians, a dance group that entertained them, the churches their household workers attend and a number of number of restaurants, depending on South China Post.
The newspaper identified another potential super spreader on Friday: a 58-year-old woman with COVID-positive who attended the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo in Victoria Park on Monday, who may have infected dozens of people during the event.
As officials work to contain the various outbreaks, more clusters are expected to appear when they trace the movements of the original flight attendant who brought Omicron from Los Angeles on a flight on the 27th. December with her apparently very socially active unvaccinated mother, who appeared to be everywhere both in the city, including the Six Garden restaurant in Tin Hau, the political birthday party and in a church.
“With fourth generation transmission, there will be an exponential growth in cases,” Center for Health Protection controller Dr Edwin Tsui Lok-kin said, referring to the flight attendant’s mother whose husband also passed it on to his colleagues. “We also cannot rule out that there are invisible chains of transmission in the community.”
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To highlight how contagious the Omicron variant is, officials used the flight attendant’s mother as an example, describing how her social interactions may have caused multiple clusters. For example, she visited a friend whose domestic helper then tested positive and infected worshipers at Fortress Hill Church, including many other workers who then passed it on to the families they worked for. The flight attendant’s mother is also believed to be the cause of the outbreak at the East Ocean Lafayette restaurant after contracting the virus from her daughter. More than 130 people who were at the restaurant that evening are also in quarantine.
Two other clusters are linked to colleges where students linked to the dance group cluster have spread the virus. Another group linked to the Moon Palace restaurant came from a construction worker who had dinner there and passed it on to a customer.
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