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Warning as 42-year-old woman dies from Covid-19

14 December 2020

By The SUN

The woman was already seriously ill when taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

Hong Kong health officials have warned younger people not to be complacent about the coronavirus spread, after a 42-year-old woman died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Saturday night.

Dr Sara Ho, a general manager from the Hospital Authority, said in a press briefing on Sunday that everyone should see a doctor as soon as they feel unwell because the current virus strain does not distinguish between young and old.

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“We always emphasize that it doesn’t always follow that if you’re young you will not develop complications,” she said.

She said the latest casualty developed fever, cough and shortness of breath on Dec 4 but did not seek medical help until two days later when her condition had already turned very serious, and she had to be put on a ventilator immediately. 

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Ho said young people should not presume that they will only develop mild symptoms if they were infected with the virus.

The woman became the 114th patient to die from Covid-related complications in public hospitals. Last week, a 38-year-old man succumbed to Covid-19, the youngest fatality of the epidemic in Hong Kong.

Ho says young people shouldn't assume that they will only have mild symptoms

Meanwhile, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection warned that the fourth wave of the contagion spreads faster due to environmental contamination as she reported 95 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, 41 of them from untraceable sources.

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Chuang said this was the highest proportion of unlinked cases so far.

More than 70 preliminary positive cases had also been detected.

The CHP official said mandatory testing for residents of two more infected blocks in Kwai Shing West and Richland Gardens public housing estates will be conducted before Christmas, as new patients were confirmed today.


These included one new case from the 5th floor of Block 8, Kwai Shing West Estate, where there are now nine infected units with 15 patients, Chuang said.

She said four more patients were reported from the Block 6, Richland Gardens cluster, one of them a family member of a previous patient.

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“After the first round of testing, we will give another round of test for all residents of Kwai Shing West Estate and Richland Gardens,” Chuang said.

“On the 17th, we will issue a notice to make it mandatory for all residents of Block 8 Kwai Shing West Estate to get tested between Dec 18 and Dec 22 to identify ;possible patients,” Chuang said.

For residents of Richland Gardens Block 6, a notice will be issued on Dec 19 for mandatory testing of all residents on Dec 20 and 24, she said.

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Chuang also reported that four new cases were linked to Ming Lai House in Choi Wan Estate. She said the CHP will distribute sample bottles to residents of the building to find out other infected persons.

Of the day’s total tally, 92 were local cases while three were imported. The new cases brought the city’s overall tally to 7,542.

The imported cases were a 23-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who arrived on Dec 12 in Hong Kong, a 17-year-old woman from the United States and a 38-year-old man from Hungary who both arrived on Dec 11, CHP staff said.

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Among the other new cases was a female medical staff at QG Medical Centre in Tseung Kwan O who last worked on Nov 15 and developed a cough on Dec 7. CHP will investigate the situation in the clinic and trace the patients who visited it.

Ho said that as of 9am Sunday, 88 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital, pushing up the number of recovered cases to 6,202.

She added 1,097 patients were being treated in 23 public hospitals and at AsiaWorld-Expo treatment facility. Among them, 46 are in critical condition, 64 are in serious condition, and 987 are in stable condition.

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