An improperly sealed exhaust pipe of a residential sewage system has been blamed for the spread of the novel coronavirus in a public housing estate in Tsing Yi.

Steve Luk Hing-chuen, assistant director of estate management at the Housing Department (HD), said an investigation by experts revealed that an exhaust pipe connecting to the fecal discharge pipe of a unit at Hong Mei House of Cheung Hong Estate had been cut off and not properly sealed, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The unit, No. 7 on the lower floor of the apartment block, is the residence of the 42nd confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the city, a 62-year-old woman, Luk told a press conference on Tuesday.


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