Covid-19: Entire public housing estate locked down in Kennedy Town after ‘very high’ viral load found in sewage

Hong Kong health authorities have locked down an entire public housing estate in Kennedy Town after recording a “very high” Covid-19 viral load in sewage samples, indicating a new cluster of cases.

The announcement followed an unusual warning from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) ‘s medical faculty, warning its students and staff to refrain from dining in the area.

Police cordoning off the entrance of Sai Wan Estate for Covid-19 lockdown and compulsory testing. Photo: Peter Lee / HKFP.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Center for Health Protection’s Communicable Disease Branch, said they had found “very high viral loads” in the sewage samples from Sai Wan Estate, especially at its West Terrace.

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