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HK reports 6th coronavirus death and 16 new imported cases

23 June 2020

By The SUN

Prince of Wales says various life-saving treatments failed to save the 72-year-old patient

Hong Kong health officials reported today, Jun 23, the death of a 72-year-old male Covid-19 patient who was among nine residents of a housing estate in Shatin who were infected with Covid-19.

He was the sixth patient to die of the disease in Hong Kong, and the second from the Lek Yuen estate. A 68-year-old woman who lived in the same housing block in the estate died on Saturday.
Prince of Wales Hospital said the elderly man had no symptoms when he was admitted on Jun 4, but his condition quickly deteriorated, and he was transferred to intensive care six days later.

He died at 2:19 am, even after undergoing a number of emergency treatments like renal replacement therapy and oxygenation for assisted breathing.
The news came as 16 new cases were confirmed today, all involving residents who flew in from Pakistan on Jun 21. They brought Hong Kong’s total tally to 1,177.

A day earlier, 30 imported cases were confirmed, the highest single-day tally since Apr 3.

Also today, the Centre for Health Protection said it was investigating the case of a 39-year-old woman who flew in from India via Malaysia and declared on arrival at Hong Kong airport on Sunday that she had tested positive in May for Covid-19.
She was immediately taken to United Christian Hospital for treatment while an investigation is being carried out.

A similar case was reported yesterday of a man who declared on arrival from Manila also on Sunday that he was found infected with the coronavirus disease just the previous day. Hong Kong officials also said further inquiries were being made about the case.

The CHP again urged the public to maintain social distancing as far as possible in their daily lives to minimize the risk of infection.

“Given that the situation of Covid-19 infection remains severe and there is a continuous increase in the number of cases reported around the world, members of the public are strongly urged to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong,” a spokesman said.

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