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HK Covid-19 data show all but 3 of the deaths involved elderly

28 October 2020

By The SUN 

HK data shows those aged between 30-39 are most prone to catching the coronavirus

Statistics released today, Oct 28, by the Hong Kong government show that young people aged between 30 to 39 are at the highest risk of catching Covid-19, but the elderly are more likely to die from the disease.

The data was released by Food and Health Secretary Dr Sophia Chan in a written reply to Legislative Council president Pierre Chan, who asked for information on Covid-19 infection in Hong Kong since January this year.

According to government statistics, out of the 5,296 Covid-19 confirmed cases in the city, 877 patients were aged between 30-39. This was closely followed by those in the 20-29 age bracket with 863, 844 for those aged 50-59, and 807 for those aged 40-49.

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Those aged 60-69 registered a total of 785 cases.

However, the mortality rate among the elderly was significantly higher, and spiked sharply in the third wave of infection which started in early July.

Out of the 105 deaths recorded since January, 102 involved patients who were 60 years old or older. Of these, 96 occurred only starting Jul 1.

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Nearly half, or 42, of the deaths recorded in the third wave were patients aged 80-89 years old, followed by 27 among those who were between 70 and 79 years old, 20 for those above 90 years old, and 13 for those aged 60-69.

All but 3 of the 105 deaths recorded are patients aged 60 and above

Significantly, younger people were still more susceptible to catching the virus even in the latest wave of infections, registering 2,940 cases starting on Jul 1. Less than half, or 1,150 of the cases recorded for this period, involved those aged 60 and above.


The dire effects of the third wave, which prompted the strictest gathering restrictions ever imposed by the government, are clearly shown by the statistics.

Between January and February, when the first wave was recorded, there were only 95 cases in total. Between March and June when the second wave occurred, the number of cases rose to 1,111. But for the third wave which began on Jul 1 and is just now waning, the total number of cases so far is 4,090.


Significantly, no medical frontliner appears to have been infected in the line of duty, according to the report.

Of the 39 confirmed cases in public hospitals, including two doctors, 11 nurses and 26 staff members from the support or executive ranks, most were “believed to be linked to infections in the community and not infection at hospitals,” said the report.

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Another eye-opener was the data on the number of patients who filed for compensation, citing their infection as employment-related. Of the 217 workers who filed compensation claims, not one was a domestic helper, when those afflicted among Filipino migrant workers alone should number nearly 100.




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