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Two more elderly patients die from Covid-19, raising HK’s death toll to 22

28 July 2020

By the SUN
 
One of today's Covid-19 casualties was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam

Two more elderly patients diagnosed with Covid-19 passed away earlier today in two separate public hospitals, raising Hong Kong’s death toll to 22.

They were the third and fourth patients to succumb to the disease in the past 24 hours, the deadliest day for Hong Kong since the first coronavirus case was reported on Jan. 24.



One of the latest cases was the husband of a resident of the Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre in virus-plagued Tsz Wan Shan estate, and lived in Choi Fai Estate in Ngau Chi Wan. The 88-year-old patient died at Queen Mary Hospital this morning.

The second patient was a 95-year-old woman who had close contact with an infected woman who lives in Choi Hung estate. The elderly woman passed away at United Christian Hospital this afternoon.

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Also this morning, a 92-year-old man who lived in Tsz Wan Shan, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He had a chronic illness and was admitted to hospital for shortness of breath and cough on Jul 7.

At about 11pm last night, a 76-year-old woman, also a Tsz Wan Shan resident, passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She had an underlying illness was admitted on Jul 21, with abdominal pain and cough.

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Up until the first week of July, when the so-called third wave of infections swept through Hong Kong, the death toll was steady at seven. But the record rise in cases has led to deaths being reported on an almost daily basis, all involving elderly patients.

A big number of the new cases have occurred in care homes for the elderly, prompting a warning from health authorities for the elderly to remain at home.


Aside from Kong Tai, another elderly home severely affected by the new wave of infections is Cornwall in Tuen Mun, where 21 residents and three staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
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