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People urged to stay home as 58 new cases reported, along with 1 death

17 July 2020

By The SUN

The elderly patient died at Ruttonjee Hospital this afternoon, becoming the 11th Covid-19 fatality in HK

A 71-year-old female patient died at Ruttonjee Hospital at about 1pm today, Jul 17, just hours after testing positive for Covid-19, becoming the 11th person in Hong Kong to succumb to the disease.

Hospital Authority’s chief manager Lau Ka-hin made the announcement at today’s press briefing, where 58 new cases were reported, 50 of them locally acquired. About 20 more patients tested preliminary positive for the coronavirus disease.

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Among the eight new imported cases are a returning resident from the Philippines, and a Filipino domestic worker who flew in from Manila aboard Cathay Pacific flight CX 906 yesterday.

The continuing surge in locally acquired cases prompted another warning from Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection for people to stay at home as much as possible.

“I appeal to the public to stay at home as much as possible and not take part in unnecessary activities," said Chuang, who also warned that health officials cannot rule out "further outbreaks that may result in a new spike in cases."

She also said that the situation is very worrying as the infection is spread out across Hong Kong, and affects people from all walks of life, from elderly residents of nursing homes to taxi drivers, hospital and restaurant staff, and journalists.
There has also been a series of family clusters, most of which started from unknown sources.

Chuang said of the 50 new local cases, 18 were or unknown origin, and 32 were linked to previous infections.
 
People are urged to stay at home and avoid 'unnecessary activities' to stop the local contamination
Today’s cases deemed untraceable include a woman who works at an electronics shop in Hollywood Plaza, a receptionist at a massage parlor in Tsim Sha Tsui, a nurse at a private clinic in Yau Ma Tei, and a sales attendant at a shop at the Landmark in Central.
The linked cases include new ones from the most recent virus hotspot, Tsz Wan Shan. Among them are customers of three restaurants located at Tsz Wan Shan Centre: De Luxe, Windsor and Green River.

But they also include two vegetable vendors at the Tsz Wan Shan wet market, two dishwashers in restaurants at the TWS Centre, a security guard, and the family of the cook at Windsor Restaurant, who tested positive earlier.

Last night, there were also three positive results from the Jockey Club Sunshine Complex for the Elderly in Wong Chuk Hang called Harmony Villa. These include a 92-year-old female resident at the home, a 56-year-old female nurse, and a 44-year-old employee who worked at a different floor from the others.
Six staff and seven residents were identified as close contacts and were all sent to a quarantine centre for observation.

The residential home has been sterilized and put under medical supervision for the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, Lau said that the latest fatality who lived in City Garden, North Point, had chronic illnesses, including diabetes and hypertension. She had symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection four or five days ago, and went to see a private practitioner.

Last night she was taken to the emergency room of Ruttonjee, and at about 11pm, she went into a coma and her heart stopped beating. But she was resuscitated and moved to intensive care. She died about 13  hours after.

Although she was initially categorized as preliminary positive, Lau said her death was deemed a result of Covid-19.

She was the third to succumb to the disease in the past three days. On Wednesday, a 91-year-old woman and a 89-year-old woman died within hours of each other.

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