Red Cross calls for blood amid outbreak

It's safe to donate blood, the Red Cross has reassured donors, as blood storage dropped dangerously low levels due to the pandemic. Lee Cheuk-kwong, chief executive of the Hong Kong Red Cross blood transfusion service, said yesterday there were only three to four days of stock left at local blood...



Thursday, July 30, 2020

It's safe to donate blood, the Red Cross has reassured donors, as blood storage dropped dangerously low levels due to the pandemic.

Lee Cheuk-kwong, chief executive of the Hong Kong Red Cross blood transfusion service, said yesterday there were only three to four days of stock left at local blood banks, not enough to meet daily hospital demand.

Lee said the Red Cross previously saw around 500 people donating blood every day before the pandemic, but the number has dropped to 260 as people opt to remain home.

Lee emphasized that donors were not infected by blood donations, as their blood samples did not contain the virus.