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Coronavirus surge continues, with new daily high of 133 cases

25 July 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan and Dr. Linda Yu of the Centre for Health Protection during today's press conference.

A record rise of 133 new confirmed Covid-19 case was reported today, Jul 25, by Hong Kong’s health officials, raising the total tally to 2,506.

It was the fourth consecutive day of record increases in the number of infected patients, and there is no indication the surge will end soon.

According to Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, more than 100 preliminary positive cases have been listed since the cut-off time of midnight on Friday, or over a 15-hour period.

Despite the mounting number of cases, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed reports that she is planning to impose a lockdown or stay-at-home order, calling them “fake news” or “malicious rumours” in a Facebook post today.

She said such measures are far-reaching and should be handled very carefully, adding that there are still other measures that could be taken to stop people going out, such as closing down some premises.

"We should take into account Hong Kong’s actual situation and unless there is really no other choice, we will not adopt such extreme measures," she wrote.

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Meanwhile, two more elderly patients passed away within the past 24 hours, raising the total death toll to 18.

The first was an 84-year-old male patient with good past health, who passed away at 4am today at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. He was initially admitted at United Christian Hospital on Jul 16 due to severe pneumonia, and was transferred to PYNEH in serious condition two days later.

The latest fatality was a 60-year-old man with a heart condition who passed away at 1:08pm today at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Seven new imported cases were also reported today, including three recent arrivals from the Philippines. The four others flew in from India: two are seafarers, the other two are cargo plane pilots.

Of the local cases, 71 were linked to previous cases, with about 50 of them getting infected by family or household members. The rest got the virus from meal gatherings or workplaces, and the latest, a residential dormitory at Hong Kong University.

Dr Chuang said one student who lives at the HKU university hall was found infected, and another tested preliminary positive. Another student is seeking medical treatment and may likewise be infected.

Between 10-20 students who live in the said dormitory will be put under quarantine.

Also among today’s cases were three firefighters from Tsing Yi South Fire Station, where about two dozen people work.

There was also another confirmed case, and six preliminary positive cases among residents and staff at an elderly care home in Tuen Mun.

And in another elderly home in Tai Wai, two staff members have tested positive, following the reported infection of four residents.

Another place noted by Chuang was Fulum Restaurant in Tuen Mun Central Square, where she said an additional three cases were reported.

Two, including a taxi driver, attended a big birthday banquet there, along with several people who tested positive earlier. The other one just went there with a friend to eat.

Another taxi driver who gave a saliva sample to one of collections points set up across the city, is also among the new cases.

Also among the cases was a staff at a Wanchai restaurant, and a vendor at the Sai Ying Pun wet market.

Dr Linda Yu of the Hospital Authority said there are currently 635 Covid-19 patients admitted in 14 public hospitals. Of these, 27 are in critical condition, and 18 are in serious condition. The rest are stable.

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