Nine members of a Hong Kong household are feared to be contaminated with the coronavirus after sharing a hotpot meal, officers stated Sunday.
Two family members — a 24-year-old man and his grandmother, who’s in her 90s — are confirmed to have the virus, whereas seven extra have returned preliminarily constructive outcomes for the illness, well being authorities stated.
Two extra family members are ready for his or her outcomes.
Officials stated the household was a part of a gathering of 19 who shared a hotpot meal over the Lunar New Year vacation on the finish of January.
A hotpot — also referred to as a steamboat — is a effervescent cauldron of inventory shared communally, to which diners add components.
First discovered within the metropolis of Wuhan in central China final December, the coronavirus has contaminated greater than 36,000 folks on the mainland and no less than 29 in Hong Kong.
More than 800 folks have died on the mainland, and one loss of life has been reported in Hong Kong.
The semi-autonomous metropolis started implementing a 14-day quarantine interval on Saturday for all folks arriving from mainland China, in a contemporary bid to curb the unfold of the virus.
The metropolis’s well being minister stated Sunday that round 470 folks have up to now been ordered to remain at dwelling, in resort rooms or at a authorities quarantine camp because the coverage took impact.