- 35-year-old man returned from Shenzhen on February 7 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on Saturday
- In another case, 62-year-old man in United Christian Hospital had not travelled outside city recently
Two Hong Kong men, one of whom had been driving across the border to Shenzhen, have tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially bringing the number of confirmed cases in the city to 72.
The 35-year-old man, who last returned from the mainland on February 7 was the second case where the Health Authority was able to detect the deadly virus based on saliva samples.
Last week, the authority broadened the scope of its surveillance, and collected deep throat saliva samples from anyone with fever or respiratory symptoms.
Two medical sources said the driver returned one day before the Hong Kong government closed the border, and would have faced a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
The driver went to Pok Oi Hospital, in Yuen Long, after developing symptoms on Friday, and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on Saturday.
His first test for the virus was indeterminate, but a later test showed positive for the virus.
In another confirmed case, 62-year-old man was admitted into United Christian Hospital, Kwun Tong. He had not recently travelled outside the city.
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