HK third wave: city expected to record lowest daily Covid-19 caseload in nearly a month at 35, as three more elderly patients die

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

Hong Kong recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest daily count in nearly a month, as three more elderly patients died.

The number of daily infections was also below 100 for the ninth day in a row. On July 15, the city registered 19 coronavirus cases.

Of the new cases, all but one were locally transmitted, including 15 without a known source.

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Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection, told a regular press briefing that the latest infections included one more from Kwai Chung Container Terminal, where cases had been reported before.

An Indonesian domestic worker, who tested positive after feeling unwell on August 2, was revealed to have taken care of an elderly woman in Shau Kei Wan, stayed in a dormitory in Mong Kok and tended two old people in Tai Kok Tsui.

The additions brought the city’s number of confirmed Covid-19 infections to 4,181.

The imported case involved a seafarer from India.

More than 50 people tested initially positive for the virus, and were awaiting confirmation.

That came as three more Covid-19 patients aged 79 to 87 died, bringing the number of fatalities to 58.

A 79-year-old man, who was being treated in Tseung Kwan O Hospital, died on Monday at 11.19pm.

The patient, who suffered from long-term illnesses, was admitted on July 27 with a persistent cough and fever. His condition deteriorated and he was sent to the intensive care unit on August 2.

The other two were an 87-year-old woman, who died in United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong on Tuesday at 12.28pm, and an 80-year-old man who died at 1.20pm.

Medical experts have said that the elderly, who have weaker immune systems, are more prone to serious complications or even death after becoming infected by the coronavirus.


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