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Covid-19 cases drop to 9; newly arrived Filipina DH among them

31 August 2020

By The SUN
The record drop in cases comes a day before the city begins universal testing for Covid-19
Nine new Covid-19 cases were reported today, Aug. 31, the second time the daily infection tally drop to single-digit since the third wave of infections hit Hong Kong in early July. Exactly a week ago, the city also recorded nine cases for the day.
The significant drop in new cases came on the eve of the start of the universal community testing, a voluntary scheme aimed at detecting asymptomatic carriers and put an end to the silent transmissions within the community.

As of noon today, more than two days after registration for the scheme started, around 510,000 people had signed up to be tested, according to the Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip.
Based on the figures, observers say about two million people will eventually take part in the scheme, which is barely a third of Hong Kong’s population of 7.5 million.

But Nip remains hopeful, saying it’s hard to give an estimate. He added it seemed like people are eager to join.

A day or two after the mass testing starts, he said the government will decide whether to extend the exercise. The mass testing is due to last for only a week, but could be extended for up to another week depending on the demand.


Of today’s cases, two are imported, including a 40-year-old Filipina domestic worker who arrived in Hong Kong on Aug 29. The other is a 53-year-old male pilot who flew in from Ethiopia on the same day.

Five of the seven cases that were locally acquired were linked to previous infections, while two have unknown sources. The total tally in Hong Kong so far is 4,811.

Among the linked cases is a resident at the Hong Chi facility for the mentally disabled at Lei Muk Shue Estate in Kwai Chung. Another resident tested preliminary positive.

A total of 12 residents and six staff have come down with the virus so far. All the remaining 40 or so personnel at the hostel are under quarantine, while the residents had all been moved out and transferred to the AsiaWorld-Expo community testing facility.

The AWE treatment facility is being readied in case a rash of new infections is detected during universal testing

The two unknown cases are a 31-year-old woman who is 36 weeks pregnant and is now confined at Tuen Mun Hospital, and 75-year-old man who is a casual worker in an office on Prince Edward Road West and lives in Tuen Wan.
Among those who tested preliminary positive was 64-year-old man who was admitted to Pok Oi Hospital yesterday afternoon for shortness of breath. Two hospital staff who attended to him were identified as close contacts as they did not wear adequate PPE.

The patient has been transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital where his condition is critical.

Dr.Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority reported that no patient passed away in the past 24 hours, but an 83-year-old man succumbed to Covid-19 related illness at United Christian Hospital today, raising the death toll to 89.

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A total of 22 patients were discharged today from various hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 4,341.

As of noon today, 343 confirmed patients were being treated in 18 public hospitals and at AWE facility. Among them, 26 are in critical condition, 29 are in serious condition, and 288 are in stable condition.

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