HONG KONG, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported on Tuesday six more COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 1,093.
Among the six new cases, four were local infections involving four females aged between 56 and 78. The four patients all lived in the same building as the 34-year-old female patient confirmed positive on Sunday, Head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing.
Chuang said the patients were potentially infected in public areas such as lifts and building entrances.
The new community cluster infections have involved nine confirmed patients so far. Chuang said the CHP will hand out sample bottles to employees who were working at supermarkets, restaurants and other places where the patients had visited for virus test in a bid to trace any invisible transmission chain.
As for the two imported infections, Chuang said one was a 15-year-old male returning to Hong Kong from Pakistan, and the other was a 42-year-old female who did not have overseas travel history but had contact with previous cases in a quarantine center.
Given the latest epidemic situation in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government will extend certain regulations on group gatherings and businesses.
According to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, as of Tuesday, a total of 1,038 patients infected with the COVID-19 or probably infected with the virus have been discharged upon recovery.