The Yuen Long District Council will postpone all meetings next week after Vice-Chairperson Johnny Mak Ip-sing came into close contact with a coronavirus patient, according to multiple district councillor posts on Wednesday.

Mak’s family member reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 after flying to Hong Kong on Tuesday. Mak had travelled with the infected person around Europe but returned a week before them. He has been considered a close contact and sent to a quarantine facility.

Yuen Long District Council. File photo: GovHK.

Mak told Inmedia that his son was the confirmed case but did not disclose any further details. Speaking on Commercial Radio programme On a Clear Day, Mak said he has not displayed any symptoms of Covid-19, such as a fever or dry cough. He added that his son was doing an internship in Denmark and later met with his family in Paris and Barcelona, Stand News reported.

Mak had attended meetings for the Committee on Traffic and Transport and the Culture, Arts, Recreation, Sports, Welfare, Education and Public Order Committee in the past seven days, the notice read. Council meeting rooms will be disinfected, it added.

Additional Hong Kong cases

Covid-19 has infected almost 200,000 people in at least 154 countries and regions globally, leading to more than 7,900 deaths. The World Health Organization labelled the outbreak a pandemic last Wednesday.

As of Tuesday, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported a total of 167 infections and one probable case in Hong Kong. Nine out of 10 additional cases on Tuesday had travelled abroad during their incubation periods.

Mak Ip-sing. Photo: Mak Ip-sing, via Facebook.

One case involved an 18-year-old woman who studied in Switzerland, while two men – a 21-year-old and 27-year-old – studying in London tested positive as well.

The new cases also included two flight attendants – a 37-year-old woman who worked on flights between Hong Kong and Madrid – and a 25-year-old man who, on a flight from Boston to Hong Kong last Tuesday, served two passengers who were later confirmed to be infected.

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Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.