Another woman at hot pot gathering infected with virus

Local | 10 Feb 2020 5:10 pm

Two more people in Hong Kong have been confirmed to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the total number to 38.

The 37th person is a 55-year-old woman who attended the Lunar New Year family hot pot dinner of 19 Hong Kong and mainland relatives at the Lento Party Room in Kwun Tong on January 26, the head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection, Chuang Shuk-kwan, said today

She had fever and runny nose symptoms on January 30 and visited a private doctor. She is now in the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Including the woman, 10 people of the family have been confirmed to have the coronavirus. Two others are positive in initial tests, Chuang said.

The 38th case is a 69-year-old man who is chronically ill and had not traveled outside Hong Kong in the past 14 days. He began coughing on January 30 and visited a private doctor on Friday.

He was admitted to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital yesterday after having breathing difficulties and now requires intubation.

His wife and mother-in-law have also tested positive initially. They live together in Sai Wan Ho.

Among the 37 patients in six public hospitals, four are in a critical condition, said Hospital Authority Chief Manager (Patient Safety and Risk Management), Sara Ho. One patient died on February 4.

A total of 42 new suspected cases have been reported.

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