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HK posts new daily record of 145 Covid-19 cases, including baby from Phl

27 July 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

 
The baby who tested positive flew in with family members from Manila

A baby who flew in from the Philippines with family members was among the 145 cases of Covid-19 cases reported in Hong Kong today, Jul 27, the highest daily tally on record. The new cases brought the overall tally to 2,779.

It was the sixth day in a row that the daily number of cases reached more than 100, prompting the government to further restrict public gathering.

According to Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, the baby’s family members were infected earlier.



That could indicate that the baby was with the Filipina domestic worker whose two employers tested positive with her yesterday after flying in from Manila.

The group, along with eight other infected Filipinos, must have flown in Friday, the day before nucleic acid test for Covid-19 was made a pre-boarding requirement for all travelers coming from the Philippines.
Several media reports indicated earlier that today’s tally could top 180, as 60 other cases tested preliminary positive for the virus.

Two more patients who both lived in virus-plagued Tsz Wan Shan,  were also reported to have died today, raising the fatality toll to 20.
 
The 2 new fatalities were both residents of Tsz Wan Shan
A 76-year-old woman with chronic illnesses died at about 11 pm last night at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei. She was admitted on Jul 21, with abdominal pain and cough.

A second patient, a 92-year-old man with underlying illnesses, succumbed at 9am today in the same hospital. He was admitted there on Jul 7 due to shortness of breath and cough.
Up until the first week of July, when the so-called third wave of infections swept through Hong Kong, the death toll was steady at seven. But the record rise in cases has led to deaths being reported on an almost daily basis, all involving elderly patients.

The surge has also swamped local hospitals that many patients who are either confirmed or preliminary positive for the disease, have been advised to stay at home and wait until they could be admitted.
Hospital Authority’s Dr Sara Ho said that as of midday today, more than 100 patients were waiting to be admitted to hospitals.

This was even after 200 less serious patients had been moved to second-tier beds in isolation wards, and more than 100 recovering ones were transferred to an isolation facility at Lei Yue Mun holiday camp.

Ho appealed for their patience, saying more isolation beds are being freed up to accommodate them. She said the tier-1 beds are being reserved for newly diagnosed patients, especially those with severe symptoms.
 
Dr Ho is appealing to patients waiting to be moved to hospitals for patience

Nearly all, or 142, of today’s cases were local transmissions. The two other imported cases, apart from the baby, were a returnee from South Korea and a seafarer from India.

Of the local cases, 83 were linked to previous infections, 56 of them family clusters. Another 11 cases were linked to workplaces.

The remaining 59 local cases were from an unknown source.


Notable cases include three linked to the Cornwall Elderly Home in Tuen Mun. Two are residents and the third is a staff member of the care home. So far, three employees and 21 residents of the facility have tested positive for Covid-19.

Two workers at a slaughterhouse in Sheung Shui were also confirmed to have the virus today, while two others have tested preliminary positive. Chuang said a thorough cleansing of the abattoir is being carried out.

Another case that sparked concern involved a cross-border truck driver who lives in Sheung Shui. He fell ill on Jul 24 and was confirmed to have the virus today. Chuang said the patient hardly left his residence.

Also among the new cases is another firefighter at Tsing Yi South Fire Station, a nurse at the psychology department of Shatin hospital who was apparently infected at home, and between five and six people linked to various restaurants, including Fulum in Tuen Mun.

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