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Gathering rules extended as 80 new Covid-19 cases reported

03 August 2020

By The SUN

The rule that not more than 2 people can gather in public has been extended for another week
The Hong Kong government has extended for a week gathering restrictions which include a ban on gatherings of more than two people, and the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places.

The restrictions, which are due to expire tomorrow, were imposed amid a record surge in coronavirus infections.
But for the first time in nearly two weeks, the total Covid-19 tally in Hong Kong dropped to below 100 today, Aug 3. A total of 80 cases were reported by health officials, all of them locally acquired.

The death toll also climbed to 37, with two more elderly patients succumbing to Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, while confirmatory tests on another patient who died on Saturday showed he did have Covid-19.
The latest to pass away was an 83-year-old man confined at Tuen Mun Hospital. Another patient, an 84-year-old woman, died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital hospital earlier.

At the same time, tests taken on an 88-year-old man who died at United Christian Hospital on Saturday showed he was positive for the coronavirus disease.
Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority reported that 1,243 patients are currently hospitalized in 19 public hospitals and at the isolation facilities in Lei Yue Mun and AsiaWorld-Expo.

Among them, 43 are in critical condition, 49 are in serious condition, and 1,151 are in stable condition.
The AsiaWorld treatment facility can accommodate as many as 500 patients

As of noon today, 56 patients were in the AsiaWorld-Expo facility, and about 200 were in Lei Yue Mun. About 300 others had been moved to second-tier isolation beds to make room for new patients in the first-tier beds.

A total of 78 patients were discharged from hospital today, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,037.


Two more patients were linked to the Caritas Medical Centre cluster, which included a doctor and a patient. Two other people were earlier diagnosed in the same ward.

A total of 50 staff and patients in the ward have been classified as close contracts and were isolated for observations.

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Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection apologized for mistakes made in the cases of two patients who were mistakenly diagnosed as positive for Covid-19.

The two, a resident in Tsz Wan Shan and an employee at Caritas Evergreen Home, were later found to be negative of the disease, and have since been discharged. Their case numbers have since been transferred to two positive patients.


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