HK expecting 47 new Covid-19 cases, medical source says

15-Aug-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong is expected to see 47 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to a medical source.

This came a day after health officials said fewer than 20 people had tested initially positive for the coronavirus.

As of Thursday the city had 4,312 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 66 related deaths, while Friday marked the 12th day Hong Kong registered a daily infection rate below 100.

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Meanwhile, the Executive Council, the city leader’s de facto cabinet, is to end its summer break one week early, and resume regular meetings starting next Tuesday to handle anti-epidemic work and other matters.

On Friday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wrote on her official Facebook page that Hong Kong had conducted more than 1 million Covid-19 tests so far.

Of those, 800,000 were performed by the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority, while the other 200,000 were conducted by private laboratories commissioned by the government to test high-risk groups, such as taxi drivers and staff at care homes.

Lam urged the public to take part in the one-time free, voluntary coronavirus testing programme that will be launched this month.

“Testing is an important part in the fight against the epidemic,” she wrote. “Because many patients with Covid-19 are asymptomatic, we must find these silent carriers to stop the spread of the virus in the community.”

Separately, the Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association, Hong Kong Medical Association, Frontline Doctors’ Union and medical sector lawmaker Dr Pierre Chan jointly urged the government to include Covid-19 as an occupational disease.

Infection rates for medical staff and elderly care home workers was 24 and 16 times higher than that of the average person, respectively, they said in a joint statement, citing a study published online in the medical journal The Lancet last month.

“Whether [Covid-19] is classified as an occupational disease is not a prerequisite for protection, but it can help frontline health care workers avoid lengthy investigations after being infected at work,” they said. “It would [also] boost the morale of medical staff and society.”


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