HK reports 48 new virus cases, six critical

Local | 14 Jul 2020 5:38 pm

There have been 48 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Hong Kong today, taking the tally to 1,570, which includes one probable case.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said eight cases are imported and the rest are locally transmitted.

Among the local cases, 16 are linked to previous cases. The patients include the owner of Dim Sum Square in Sheung Wan, three staffers of the Windsor Restaurant in Tsz Wan Shan, the daughter of a cashier at the Green River Restaurant in Tsz Wan Shan, a resident of the Tsz Wan Shan Kong Tai elderly care home, and an elderly man who stayed at the same ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a confirmed case yesterday.

Source of infection for 24 local cases, which involve market stall owners, Tsz Wan Shan public estate residents, a Cafe De Coral worker at Infinity Eight in Choi Hung, and a worker at the Immigration Department headquarters, are still unknown.

The imported cases include a marine worker and airline crew, two Philippines domestic helpers and four people who returned from India.

The Hospital Authority said a total of 1,229 patients have recovered so far after 12 more patients were discharged in the past 24 hours. A 95-year-old female patient died yesterday and the death toll climbed to eight.

Among the 278 confirmed patients staying in 12 hospitals, six are critical, eight are serious and the rest are stable, said Chief Manager of Quality and Standards, Dr Lau Ka-hin.

The occupancy rate of negative pressure beds and wards are 62 percent and 70 percent, respectively.

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