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Coronavirus: officer becomes 69th case in Hong Kong after attending party with 59 others

A policeman has become the first officer to contract the deadly coronavirus in Hong Kong, taking the city’s total of infected patients to 69.

That came as health chiefs on Thursday listed their first official “probable” infected patient, adding an elderly man to their list of confirmed cases despite him never testing positive for the virus, which causes the disease Covid-19. A source said the 75-year-old was thought to have contracted the pathogen and recovered on his own, but not before passing it on to at least three relatives.

Sources said the police officer, who lives at Yau Mei Court in Yau Tong, was confirmed as infected at United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong.

The Post was told the 48-year-old – the first policeman to be infected – had been to a farewell banquet for a colleague on February 18 attended by about 60 people, who would all need to be quarantined.

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