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Govt locating Cambodia ship passengers in HK

2020-02-19 HKT 19:01
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  • Health officials say 36 people have flown back to Hong Kong and 24 of them have already been contacted. Photo: RTHK
    Health officials say 36 people have flown back to Hong Kong and 24 of them have already been contacted. Photo: RTHK
Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday that they were trying to locate about a dozen local people who were passengers on a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia and had since flown back to the SAR.

This was revealed as officials announced that an elderly couple in Siu Sai Wan have tested positive for the virus.

The 68-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife were confirmed on Wednesday night, taking the total number of cases in the city to 65.

Authorities said neither of them have travelled outside Hong Kong recently, and they are not linked to an earlier virus patient in Siu Sai Wan.

At a media briefing, officials said 36 Hong Kong residents disembarked in Cambodia from the US cruise liner Westerdam that was refused docking by several countries over a coronavirus scare.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said authorities have tracked down 24 of these people and found that 18 have already arrived back in Hong Kong. But she said these passengers do not have any symptoms of infection.

Officials have details of the passengers from the ship company and the Immigration Department, she said.

The Westerdam was at sea for two weeks during which it was barred from Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand over fears it could be carrying the virus. On Thursday, Cambodia, a staunch ally of Beijing, allowed the ship to dock at Sihanoukville.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who had last month chastised reporters for wearing face masks, personally greeted the passengers and hugged some of them.

But three days later one Westerdam passenger, an 83-year-old American, was stopped on arrival in Malaysia and later diagnosed with the coronavirus. (Additional reporting by AFP)