HK reports two new imported virus cases, breaking the zero diagnosis streak

Friday, May 01, 2020

One male and one female returned to Hong Kong from Pakistan have tested positive which broke the five days "zero diagnosis" streak.

The newly imported cases have brought the tally to 1040 detected coronavirus cases.

This news came after the first group of 319 local residents stranded in Pakistan returned to Hong Kong yesterday, and will stay at Chung Yeung Estate, quarantine centre, for 14 days. 

“The epidemic in Hong Kong may be somewhat under control, but the crisis has not been lifted,” said Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection.

Hospital Authority Chief Manager of Clinical Effectiveness and Technology Management, Dr Linda Yu said there are 13 more coronavirus patients have been discharged, and the cumulative number of people discharged increased to 858. 

Of the 175 diagnosed patients that are currently in hospital, four are in critical condition and three are in serious condition.

The Hospital Authority said that there are currently about 26 million surgical masks, 2.3 million N95 masks, 3.4 million protective garments, and 4.7 million full-face masks in public hospitals, which are expected to be enough for two months. 

Among them, the supply of N95 masks is the most uncertain due to the US export embargo and the shortage of global supply.