Hong Kong has reported a new cluster of locally transmitted coronavirus cases — the first in more than two weeks.
The cluster consists of nine new cases, the city’s leader Carrie Lam said today.
Three of the new patients have been identified as workers at the same food logistics warehouse. The other six came into contact with one of those workers.
What happened: Sunday’s positive diagnosis of a 34-year-old woman who works at the Kerry Logistics warehouse in the New Territories neighborhood of Kwai Chung led to the eight further positive tests, including her husband, four neighbors, two of her colleagues and a paramedic who assisted her, according to Hong Kong’s Centre For Health Protection.
The warehouse serves consumer brands, including Marks & Spencer.
“I am very worried about this outbreak in the community, not because the number involved nine confirmed patients … because this particular cluster reflects some characteristics which we might not have seen before,” Lam said today.
The concern: The woman had no recent travel history and it is unknown where she contracted the coronavirus, making this cluster the first locally transmitted cases in 16 days.
Hong Kong now has 1,094 total coronavirus cases, with four known deaths.
CNN has reached out to Marks & Spencer to comment on measures to combat the apparent outbreak.
Earlier this year, the British company was forced to close all its Hong Kong stores and its corporate office in the city after three employees tested positive.