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Two elderly patients die as 69 new coronavirus cases reported

13 December 2020

By The SUN

Inside Queen Mary Hospital, where the 97-year-old woman died after testing preliminary positive

Two elderly people have been added to the list of coronavirus patients in Hong Kong, on Saturday, Dec 12, including an 87-year-old man who was tested positive in a mortuary, 10 days after being found lifeless in his home.

He and a relative who was also found infected had yum cha at one of the virus-plagued dancing venues.

The other was a 97-year-old woman who tested preliminary positive about three hours after being found unconscious at home, then rushed to Queen Mary Hospital. She was immediately moved to an isolation room after the positive result, where she died at about 1:30am earlier today.

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Including the two patients, the number of Covid-related deaths in the city has now gone up to 116. The total number of cases is now at 7,447.

Health officials reported 69 new cases, all but five of them locally acquired.

The imported cases included two 17-year-old males who flew in from United Kingdom, and three other men who each arrived from Belgium, Russia and Pakistan.

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Yesterday, there were also five imported cases, and a late update from the Centre for Health Protection indicated two were Filipina domestic workers, one aged 45, and the other, 44. There was also a 31-year-old woman from Indonesia, a 33-year-old female from India, and an 18-year-old male from U.K.

7 patients live in Kwai Tung House in Tung Tau House in Wong Tai Sin (Wikipedia photo)

Saturday’s cases included seven people from four flats in a public housing estate in Wong Tai Sin, prompting CHP officials to urge other residents to get tested.

CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said six other people from Kwai Tung House in Tung Tau estate had tested positive earlier, but they were traced back to dance clubs, a construction site in Lohas Park, and other previously identified clusters.

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Chuang reiterated a current practice of sounding out the alarm when four unrelated cases are found to occur in the same housing block.

"Because there are already four units, that’s why we try to distribute bottles to the residents to find out more about the situation there. We do not intend to put them under mandatory testing yet," she said.

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Experts from the Housing Department will now check the pipes in the housing block, she added.

Of the day’s cases, 19 were untraceable. More than 80 preliminary positive cases were also reported, indicating the infection rate would be up again on Sunday.

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The linked infections included another one from the dance cluster, which now has more than 700 cases, another from the Lohas Park construction site, two more from the AsiaWorld-Expo community hall, and another from the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin tunnel.

Another case was a nurse who worked in a clinic on Electric Road, North Point, whose family member tested positive earlier. Her fellow staff members, as well as patients who visited the clinic of Dr Terrence Fung, have been told to undergo testing.

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Dr Sara Ho from the Hospital Authority said that as of 9am on Saturday, 1,118 confirmed patients were being treated in 22 public hospitals and the AWE treatment facility. Among them, 49 are in critical condition, 61 are seriously ill, and 1,008 are in stable condition.

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