Hong Kong authorities are tracing the contacts of a sex worker who tested positive for Covid-19, while more cases related to a cluster at a Mui Wo beach resort hotel have been recorded.

A 42-year-old Chinese woman awaiting deportation tested positive on Sunday. She had been arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of illegal entry into Hong Kong during a joint operation by the Immigration Department and police targeted at sex workers.

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Photo: Kaiser/HKFP.

Police are tracking down an estimated 100 clients whom the sex worker met with during her incubation period, HK01 reported.

After she was arrested at the Oriental Lander Hotel in Mong Kok, she was first detained at Mong Kok Police Station, where four officers were listed as her close contacts and are now under quarantine.

The woman was later transferred to Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre and Ma Tau Kok Detention Centre, where her deep throat saliva specimen tested positive. Her infection source was unclear and Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan – head of the Centre for Health Protection Communicable Disease Branch – said no case related to the woman has been recorded so far.

Hong Kong recorded six imported cases and three local confirmed infections of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The total number of infections since January is now 5,345 and the death toll remained at 105.

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Chuang Shuk-kwan speaking at Covid-19 updates press conference. Photo: RTHK screenshot.

A 26-year-old woman was the first to display symptoms among a group of eight who spent a staycation at Seaview Beach Resort in Mui Wo. Two confirmed cases and two preliminary positive cases were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections related to the cluster to seven.

The remaining local case, with an untraceable infection source, is a 36-year-old man who lives in Yan Wo Yuet Building in Causeway Bay and goes to work at the Champion Building in Central.

Expanded testing facilities

New testing facilities will be set up at four community centres, in Quarry Bay, Yau Ma Tei, Sha Tin and Yuen Long. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said they would cater to targeted groups or when infection clusters emerge. Members of the public may also pay HK$240 to be tested and the fee includes a report which can be presented when crossing borders, Lam said.

The 46 general out-patient clinics which have been distributing specimen collection packs for testing will from this weekend extend their service hours to cover Saturdays. Eight of the 46 will stay open on Sundays and public holidays.

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Rachel Wong

Rachel Wong previously worked as a documentary producer and academic researcher. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and European Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has contributed to A City Made by People and The Funambulist, and has an interest in cultural journalism and gender issues.