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People again urged to stay home as HK posts new daily record of 123 Covid-19 cases

24 July 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Chuang and Yu at today's press briefing: Stay home for the next week or two

Hong Kong health officials have again asked people to stay at home for the next one or two weeks, while the new gathering restrictions take effect, as a new daily record of 123 Covid-19 cases was posted today, Jul 24.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said about 100 preliminary positive cases have also been recorded since after midnight last night. But right now, the total confirmed cases number 2,373, with 16 deaths.
One elderly patient who died at United Christian Hospita this afternoon became the 16th to die from the coronavirus disease. The 74-year-old male patient with renal problems passed away at 12:48 pm. He was a resident at a virus-plagued elderly care home in Tsz Wan Shan.

Among the new cases were eight recent arrivals from abroad, including three seafarers from the Philippines and another from India.
The others included an air crew who flew in from India, a returning resident, also from India, and another from Pakistan. The eighth came from Ethiopia, and was a close contact of an air cargo pilot who earlier tested positive.

Of the 115 local cases, 64 were linked to previous cases, and 53 are of unknown origin.

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As in the recent days, many of the cases involve family members and friends having meals together, or had links to elderly homes and wet markets.

This prompted a renewed warning from Dr Chuang for people to remain indoors, particularly the elderly. She also advised housewives to avoid going to wet markets, but if they must, they should always observe proper health hygiene, including the wearing of masks, and frequent hand cleansing.
She said that the continuing rise in infections reflect the situation about one or two weeks before, which is the incubation period for the virus. But the situation right now is worrying, she said, because the infected people engaged in various activities, making contract tracing more difficult.

“If this trend continues, it will be very difficult for us to handle the situation,” Chuang said.
Dr Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority disclosed that the number of critically or seriously ill patients has continued to rise. Of the 779 patients currently admitted in 14 hospitals, 44 are in critical condition and 16 are seriously ill.

Many are elderly people who did not seek medical attention immediately, or had underlying chronic illnesses.

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