No fewer than nine members of a family in Hong Kong are feared to be infected with the deadly coronavirus after sharing a hotpot meal, health officials said on Sunday.
Two members of the family — a 24-year-old man and his grandmother, who is in her 90s — are confirmed to have the virus, while seven more have returned preliminarily positive results for the disease, health authorities said.
Two more relatives are waiting for their results.
Officials said the family was part of a gathering of 19 who shared a hotpot meal over the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of January.
A hotpot — also known as a steamboat — is a bubbling cauldron of stock shared communally, to which diners add ingredients.
The coronavirus has infected more than 36,000 people on the mainland and at least 29 in Hong Kong and claimed more than 800 people on the mainland, and one death has been reported in Hong Kong.
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