Coronavirus: Hong Kong information third loss of life as 5 extra instances confirmed, bringing whole to 114
Hong Kong recorded its third loss of life from the coronavirus on Sunday, as 5 extra folks have been confirmed to have contracted the illness, town’s well being authorities introduced, taking the full tally of instances to 114.
The 76-year-old lady, who had diabetes and lived in Un Lok House in Cheung Sha Wan’s Un Chau Estate, died at 5.13pm in Caritas Medical Centre, the Hospital Authority confirmed. She was admitted to hospital on February 29 after she was believed to have contracted the virus domestically.
Her 79-year-old husband is in a steady situation in the identical hospital. The couple had visited a park of their housing property and likewise Po On Road Market within the district throughout the incubation interval of the illness, however authorities have been unable to find the origin of their an infection.
Among the 5 new instances, three haven’t any signs. Three of the instances have been prone to be imported infections.
Together with one other case earlier thought-about “probable” however not deemed “confirmed”, a complete of 115 folks have been hospitalised after testing optimistic for the coronavirus. Fifty-eight of them have been discharged, 48 stay in 9 public hospitals, with one in crucial situation, in accordance with the authority.
The 111th case is a 76-year-old man who had just lately visited India with different Hong Kong travellers, 5 of whom have been later confirmed to be contaminated.
He first had diarrhoea on February 23 when he was nonetheless in India and once more on March 2, after which he sought hospital therapy, however his higher respiratory tract take a look at initially returned unfavorable outcomes. His an infection was solely confirmed on Sunday after his deep throat saliva pattern taken yesterday examined optimistic for the virus.
He spent most of his time at house in Baguio Villa on Hong Kong Island upon his return from India.
His spouse has been despatched to a quarantine centre, whereas his home employee and different shut contacts within the household can be remoted there too now.
The 112th case, a neighborhood an infection with no signs, is a 55-year-old man who lives in Hong Fook Court in North Point’s Bedford Gardens. He is the husband of an contaminated lady. His spouse was confirmed as having the an infection after visiting the Fook Wai Ching She Buddhist temple in North Point, the place others had additionally been contaminated.
The 113th one, additionally believed to be a neighborhood asymptomatic an infection, is a 47-year-old home helper who labored for an contaminated lady.
Her employer, a Jockey Club member who was discharged from hospital on Sunday, is assumed to have transmitted the illness to no less than three different folks, together with one other home helper working for her, in addition to her pet canine.
The Pomeranian, which has been quarantined, was believed to be the primary reported case of human-to-animal transmission.
The 114th case is a 41-year-old British nationwide who just lately visited Japan and London. The Happy Valley resident, who lives on Blue Pool Road, took the CX250 flight from London to Hong Kong on February 29, and later developed a runny rose, sore throat and headache.
He went to work at Lee Garden One on Wednesday and Thursday, and make contact with tracing could be prolonged to his colleagues. Authorities mentioned he was prone to have contracted the virus overseas, however have categorized it as a probable native an infection on a extra “conservative” foundation as he had spent a while within the metropolis after his return.
The 115th case, introduced late on Sunday, is a 59-year-old lady who has now been admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.
Commenting on the spike in imported infections in latest days, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection admitted the state of affairs introduced a brand new problem for town.
“We are aware of the global situation, it’s very difficult to quarantine all travellers from everywhere in the world,” she mentioned, including “we would advise the public to delay unnecessary travel”.
Earlier on Sunday, Professor Yuen Kwok-yung from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), who suggested the authorities on management measures towards the illness, mentioned on a pre-recorded tv programme that the epidemic won’t finish this 12 months as there could possibly be extra imported instances from the southern hemisphere in winter, even when the state of affairs in mainland China and Hong Kong may need improved in summer season.
Chuang conceded there was a chance that the illness “will stay with us”.
“At present, because the disease is still new to us, we are trying our best to delay the epidemic in Hong Kong and the spread in Hong Kong to buy time to see whether we can have better methods to fight this disease,” she mentioned.
“When we understand more about the route of transmission and the disease’s nature, we will have better methods to deal with it.”
Dr Linda Yu Wai-ling, the Hospital Authority’s chief supervisor for scientific effectiveness and expertise administration, mentioned public hospitals may need to chop non-emergency companies additional to save lots of surgical masks and different protecting gear for medical professionals on the entrance line, as provides would possibly solely final for a month.
“We will continue to procure personal protective equipment for our clinical staff and promote the appropriate use of personal protective equipment in the appropriate setting,” she mentioned.
Meanwhile, HKU is arranging virus checks for the mainland affairs minister and immigration chief, after a 38-year-old lady turned the primary of the Hongkongers airlifted final week from Hubei province, epicentre of the epidemic, to be identified with the coronavirus.
Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen and Director of Immigration Erick Tsang Kwok-wai returned to Hong Kong on the identical flight because the 38-year-old.
A authorities spokesman mentioned Nip and Tsang have been in good well being.
Asked whether or not it was double requirements that the 2 officers weren’t required to self-isolate, Chuang insisted the transmission danger was low because the “utmost” precautionary measures have been carried out, citing the complete protecting robe worn by all passengers on the government-chartered flight, a measure not executed on the airlifts to deliver Diamond Princess evacuees house from Japan.
Separately, a pro-establishment lawmaker has known as for extra help for locals contaminated on the quarantined cruise ship and nonetheless receiving medical care in Japan after one other Hongkonger died on Friday.
Vincent Cheng Wing-sun of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong mentioned the federal government ought to ship extra medical doctors and drugs to the remaining 29 Hongkongers hospitalised within the nation.
“Hong Kong doctors could provide translation help and a second medical opinion to the patients in need there,” Cheng mentioned.
“Drugs are also running low for some patients with pre-existing chronic illnesses. At least one person I know rushed to Japan [on Saturday] before the visa-free arrangement suspension took effect to bring medicine to a family member.”
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