Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui tested negative for the coronavirus on Thursday, assuaging fears of a potential Covid-19 cluster among Hong Kong’s officials.

The official was tested for the virus after attending a Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Concert. One member of the orchestra tested positive for Covid-19 this week.

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

Around 90 orchestra members have been put under mandatory quarantine at government centres since Tuesday. Other members of staff present at the concert facility have also been sent for testing.

The musician who tested positive for Covid-19 has been hospitalised and is in a stable condition, according to a statement issued by the orchestra on Wednesday. The statement added that he had no direct contact with the public and had no recent travel history.

“We have been working closely with the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) and relevant parties on this matter,” the orchestra’s statement read.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. File photo: GovHK.

The orchestra has also announced the cancellation of four upcoming concerts this coming week, citing safety concerns.

The statement urged audience members to be tested for the virus: “For the sake of prudence, the CHP suggests audience members who attended the performances of the orchestra to pay attention to their physical condition and undergo testing.”

The city currently has four temporary public testing facilities operating in the Wan Chai, Kwai Tsing, Kowloon City, and Yau Tsim Mong districts.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who is currently in Shenzhen for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the city’s establishment, was also present at the concert.

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Rhoda Kwan

Rhoda Kwan is HKFP's Assistant Editor. She has previously written for TimeOut Hong Kong and worked at Meanjin, a literary journal. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Literature from the University of Hong Kong.