Hong Kong reports 125 new cases and four deaths within a day

Local | 1 Aug 2020 5:41 pm

Hong Kong’s coronavirus cases have exceeded 100 for the 11th consecutive day, as the city confirmed another 125 new infections today.

That came as four elderly patients died within a day, marking the highest number of daily fatalities recorded and bringing the death toll to 31. 

All latest cases but one were locally transmitted, including 45 without a known source. The imported infection involved a returnee from the UK.

The latest fatalities involved an 86-year-old man who was a chronically-ill resident at the severely-battered Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre in Tsz Wan Shan, a 79-year-old woman living in Hing Wah 1 Estate in Chai Wan.

Earlier today, a 79-year-old male resident at the hard-hit Tsz Wan Shan and an 89-year-old female resident at Cornwall Elderly’s Home in Tuen Mun passed away.

Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Center for Health Protection said seven more patients linked to direct-selling company Star Global at Yee On Court on Argyle Street in Mong Kok were diagnosed with the virus, bringing the infection count there to 17. 

Chuang said the cluster involved mostly young women who work at the company, and more than 20 staffers had joined a training session  there without a mask. 

Health authorities have seeked help from police to track an estimated 100 people who took part in those activities or are close contacts tied to the cluster. Those linked to the company would be sent to quarantine centers. 

A doctor at Caritas Medical Centre in Cheung Sha Wan has tested positive in preliminary rounds, his family member had been diagnosed with the disease earlier. He last worked yesterday. 

Another three people tied to a slaughterhouse in Sheung Shui fell ill.

In the same press conference, Chuang said they have got queries from the public, saying they have received letter purportedly claiming to be CHP officials asking about their whereabouts for contact tracing.

She stressed that the CHP never sent letters like these to the public. Anyone who have doubts on those enquiries can contact health authorities, she said.

The Hospital Authority executive Sara Ho Yuen-ha said the spike in death tolls amid the third wave of Covid-19 since last month could be explained by the number of elderly patients infected. 

"Most infections were students returning from abroad during the second wave in April, the age group in general was different. Amid the latest wave, most cases involve elderly patients, who are prone to a higher death risk due to some chronic illnesses and complications," said Ho, who added the death rate in Hong Kong was around 0.9 percent. 

Ho said there are 1,197 people hospitalized at the moment, of which 34 were severely ill and another 44 were seriously ill. Another 1,858 people have been discharged. 

The city's official tally climbs to 3,396.

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