According to the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, as of the evening of yesterday (20th), the latest test results showed that 7 samples collected from 4 pet shops were positive, including I Love Rabbit in Yuen Long and Causeway Bay, and two in Mong Kok Tong. The Little Boss of Vegetable Street.
In addition, there were two new cases of Chu Yang in Hong Kong yesterday involving Little Boss, including branches in Causeway Bay and Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok. The two had been there to buy hamsters, and one of them had been in contact with a saleswoman who had contracted the virus earlier.
According to the center, based on the epidemiological investigation and test results obtained at this stage, it cannot be initially ruled out that pets infected with the virus caused the positive test results of environmental samples.
▼On January 19, AFCD went to Mong Kok Little Boss to kill hamsters▼
According to the center, 88 environmental samples have been collected from the Little Boss pet shop in Causeway Bay and the warehouse in Tai Po.
As of the evening of January 20, the center has collected a total of 604 environmental samples in 31 pet stores and related warehouses.
Four pet shops test positive, all staff to be quarantined
In addition to the 18 environmental samples previously announced at Little Boss Pet Shop in Causeway Bay and Tai Po Warehouse, the latest test showed that I Love Rabbit at Yuen Long Education Road, I Love Rabbit at Lee Garden Hill Road in Causeway Bay, and Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok Seven samples collected from Little Boss, No. 187, and Little Boss, Kai Wan Building, Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, were also positive.
The center said that the four newly added pet stores will be included in the mandatory testing announcement.
Anyone who was in the above-mentioned stores between January 7 and 18 will be tested.
The employees of the four stores have to go to the quarantine center for quarantine.
Yesterday, there was a new case of Chuyang. A 30-year-old woman went to Little Boss pet store in Causeway Bay to buy hamsters and had contact with a saleswoman who was infected.
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Little Boss in Causeway Bay, Chuyang customer had contact with infected saleswoman
In addition, the CHP revealed at a press conference yesterday that two individuals who were initially confirmed went to Little Boss to buy hamsters and went shopping at I Love Rabbit in Mong Kok. The CHP will reveal more details later this evening.
A 30-year-old woman lives in Shing Him House, Tin Shing Court, Tin Shui Wai.
On January 11, she went to Little Boss pet store in Causeway Bay to buy hamsters. She had contact with a saleswoman (#13047) who was infected earlier. She was quarantined at Penny's Bay on January 18, and the result was initially positive the next day.
She had received two doses of the Forbidden vaccine.
The other case involves a 23-year-old woman who lives in Mei Ru House, Shek Kip Mei Estate. She went to one of the Little Boss pet stores in Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok to buy hamsters on January 4.
She developed a runny nose on January 17 and went to the community testing center for testing on the 19th, and the test result was initially positive.
She was also vaccinated with two doses of Fubitx.
Yuan Guoyong, a government expert advisor and professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, inspected the Yikui Building in the evening and then met with reporters.
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About 3% of hamsters in Tai Po warehouse were infected
Yuan Guoyong, a government expert advisor and professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, met with the media in the evening, saying that they had tested a total of 100 hamsters in the Tai Po warehouse, and 3 of them were positive, that is, about 3% of the hamsters in the Tai Po warehouse were infected.
There is a special mutation named "D427G" for the virus isolated from the pet store.
Yuan Guoyong said that the preliminary results of genetic sequencing show that there is a high chance of transmission between humans and hamsters. "There are several strong evidences that...the chance of a special mutation should be jumped by hamsters to people is high... So we went to this stage. , I feel that the decision at the beginning should be the correct one.”
On January 19, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department went to pet stores in Hong Kong to kill hamsters
AFCD condemns someone for obstructing the surrender of hamsters and reports the incident
In addition, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department issued a statement last night, condemning someone outside the New Territories South Animal Management Centre for obstructing citizens from handing over hamsters and accepting hamsters originally intended to be handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
The department stressed that this act hindered the work of the department and may pose a health risk to itself and the public.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department pointed out that it has reported the incident today, warning that if the person concerned continues to carry out the relevant behavior or fails to return the hamster that has been taken away, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department will seriously follow up and hand it over to the police for handling.
As of yesterday, the New Territories South Animal Management Centre has received a total of 68 hamsters.
New Territories South Animal Management Centre started as an animal quarantine facility
The department also pointed out that in view of the recent increase in the number of people who have to undergo compulsory quarantine, the number of pets who need to be handed over to the AFCD for quarantine and veterinary surveillance has increased significantly. Management Center, as another animal quarantine facility related to new coronavirus cases.
Except for hamsters, the center will be closed to the public and accept all other animals until further notice.
As for the animal shelter at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port, it will only be used for quarantine and veterinary surveillance of animals that have tested positive for the new coronavirus.
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