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Up to 30 new imported cases recorded in HK, say reports

22 June 2020

By The SUN

The Centre for Health Protection is expected to announce the two-digit increase in cases later today (RTHK photo)

Around 30 residents who recently flew in from India and Pakistan are reported to have tested preliminary positive for Covid-19, various Hong Kong media outlets reported late on Sunday, Jun 21.

However, no new locally acquired case was reported for the eighth straight day.

The report citing the new total patient number as 30 came from Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and DimsumDaily, which posted their reports at about 10:30pm. Another article published earlier in the South China Morning Post gave the figure at 20.
All the news outlets said their reports were based on information given by “sources” in government. Only the Centre for Health Protection is authorized to report on new cases, and this is done only after a patient has tested positive twice in successive tests.

RTHK said that if confirmed, this would be the highest single-day tally for Covid-19 in Hong Kong since Apr 3, when 43 cases were reported by the Centre for Health Protection.

Official figures, however, show that only three new imported cases were recorded today, raising Hong Kong’s total tally to 1,131, with five deaths.

The first case is a 35-year-old man who flew in from Brazil on Jun 20; the second, a 37-year-old woman who came from India on the same day; and the third is a 29-year-old woman who arrived from Indonesia on Jun 21.
A day earlier, Hong Kong recorded its fifth coronavirus-related fatality, more than three months since an 80-year-old man with underlying illnesses was reported as being the fourth patient to succumb to the disease.

The latest fatality was a 78-year-old woman who was among the nine residents of Luk Chuen House in Lek Yuen estate, Shatin, who tested positive for Covid-19 early this month. She was stable when admitted to hospital, but turned critical on Jun 8.

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