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Hospital chief warns of possible Covid surge in HK later this year

18 June 2020

By The SUN

Hospitals will be refitted in preparation for the possible upsurge in Covid-19 cases
The chief executive of the Hospital Authority has said public hospitals are preparing for a potential resurgence of Covid-19 cases later in the year.

Tony Ko’s comment came as the city’s health authorities announced four new imported cases today, Jun 18, all involving returning residents from Pakistan.

Ko told reporters after a board meeting of the HA that it is possible another wave of infections would hit Hong Kong before, or during, the next winter.

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The disease was first discovered in Wuhan, China at the start of last winter, and some experts now say the coronavirus appears to thrive better in colder weather.

Ko the preparations include upgrading hospital systems and facilities.

Today's 4 new cases all arrived recently from Pakistan (file photo)
“We hope to take this opportunity to upgrade some of the systems, because as we know, some of the isolation facilities were built after the period of Sars, which means that some of them are already more than 10 years of different functions," he said.

"We’re also working hard to improve our testing capability, to test patients who have the potential risk of being infected with the Covid-19 virus."

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection reported today that four people who returned Tuesday from Pakistan, tested positive for Covid-19.

The latest patients, two males and two females, aged between 3 and 36, took the city’s total number of infections to 1,124.

In another development, restaurant representatives unveiled a plan to offer a 30% discount in late June and throughout July, and 20% discount in August, for patrons who dine-in after 6pm.
The group said more than 1,000 restaurants are participating in the promotion scheme that will start this Sunday, Father’s Day, to stimulate consumer spending.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan who met with the group, said he hoped the plan would stimulate local consumption.

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