Hong Kong Philharmonic quarantined, after bass clarinetist tests positive for Covid-19

Posted on: October 14, 2020

“A member of Hong Kong’s top orchestra has been infected with Covid-19, and 100 musicians quarantined, raising fears about the risk of exposure to a concert audience that included the city’s leader and home affairs chief—although officials quickly dismissed those concerns on Tuesday,” write Kanis Leung, Denise Tsang, and Enid Tsui in Tuesday’s (10/13) South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). “Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, and Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai both attended the first concert by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra after the reopening of cultural venues last Friday, a government source confirmed. The Centre for Health Protection said an unnamed 35-year-old orchestra member had tested preliminary positive for the virus, after principal clarinettist Andrew Simon identified his colleague, Lorenzo Antonio Iosco, who plays bass clarinet, as the musician involved…. But Lam’s office said she was not considered a close contact of the infected musician, as she had worn a mask throughout the performance, did not shake hands with any members, and left during the intermission. She was spotted sitting in the fifth row.”