Covid-19: ‘No need to worry,’ Hong Kong health expert says; lockdown at Kennedy Town estate uncovers 22 cases

Top Hong Kong microbiologists have urged residents not to worry after health authorities on Thursday said “very high viral loads” had been found in sewage samples from a public housing estate in Kennedy Town. An overnight lockdown at the estate identified 22 Covid-19 cases.

Sai Wan Estate. Photo: Peter Lee / HKFP.

A total of 1,680 people at Sai Wan Estate underwent Covid-19 testing, authorities said on Friday. It marked a positivity rate of 1.3 per cent, which was significantly lower than during the peak of the fifth wave, when building lockdowns returned positivity rates as high as 20 per cent.

Sewage samples at the five-block estate earlier returned a high Covid-19 viral load, prompting the lockdown and the medical faculty of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to issue a warning urging students and staff to refrain from dining in the area. The university’s main campus is roughly 1 kilometer away from Kennedy Town.

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