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Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms three new cases, as hospital staff say patients violated mandatory q

Hong Kong reported three more confirmed coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the city’s total to 56, even as evidence emerged that some residents recently returned from mainland China were flouting the new

mandatory home quarantine policy

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One of the three new cases, a 41-year-old woman who lives in Shek O and works in Quarry Bay, attended a 29-person family dinner at a North Point restaurant on January 26. At the dinner were five others since confirmed to have the virus, health officials said, including a couple who lived in the same Tsing Yi public housing block that was

evacuated on Tuesday after a leaking toilet vent pipe raised concerns the virus had travelled between flats.

Officials now say they are unsure whether the couple’s infection traces back to the dinner or to the leak as first suspected. The couple had lived with one of the two confirmed cases at Hong Mei House, the man’s 62-year-old mother.

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