115 new local COVID-19 cases recorded in Hong Kong today, another patient passes away at QMH (Updated: 5.15pm)

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2nd August 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.35pm today that there are 115 new COVID-19 local cases (as of 12am today). 76 cases out of the 115 cases are linked to previous cases while 36 cases have unknown sources. Hong Kong has maintained over 100 cases each day for 12 days in a row. Total cumulative cases reached 3,512.

58 cases are family members and friends linked to previously infected cases. There are also other cases linked to workplace/clinics/elderly home where there were a few cluster outbreaks. A doctor at Caritas Medical Centre was also infected with COVID-19. The hospital conducted tests and found that an 87-year-old male patient who tested positive in preliminary diagnosis was under the doctor’s care. In addition, two patients were diagnosed earlier. After investigation, the hospital believed that the source of the infection of the doctor should be related to his family members, and the other three patients had different medical conditions and had no contact with the three. Three other doctors who had meal with him were classified as close contacts.

7 new cases are linked to the cluster outbreak that took place at a multi-level marketing office called Star Global on Argyle Street, Kowloon. 1 more patient joined a company trip organised by Star Global to Cheung Chau and was infected.

4 cases were linked to a construction site at Kong Nga Po, Sheung Shui. There were 4 more cases infected earlier. Total cases have reached 8 and the employees are not from the same company.

2 more cases were llnked to cluster outbreaks at Fulum Restaurant in Tuen Mun and Pier Market Restaurant in Mong Kok respectively.

There is a new case linked to the cluster KIN SHING (LEUNG’S) GENERAL CONTRACTORS LIMITED located at 11th Millenium City in Kwun Tong is infected. A cleaner at the office building also tested positive.

Meanwhile, the National Health Commission will dispatch the “Mainland Nucleic Acid Testing Support Team” and the “Chinese Makeshift Hospital Support Team” to Hong Kong today. Among them, the nucleic acid testing support team has 60 clinical laboratory technicians from Guangdong Province, and 7 members of the “advance team” will arrive in Hong Kong this afternoon. They will first have a meeting with the Hong Kong government health department, BGI and other testing agencies. The 60 officials are waiting for the quarantine exemption certificate issued by the Hong Kong government which should be completed within a week.

MTR said today (2nd) that a family member of a train driver of the Yuen Long Light Rail Transit System was preliminarily diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. The driver applied for leave on 26th July, and the MTR has immediately arranged to disinfect his workplace.

The spokesman for the Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) announced today that a 94-year-old male patient confirmed with COVID-19 infection (case number: 1612) passed away at noon. The patient with chronic diseases was admitted to QMH on July 14 due to COVID-19, cough and running nose. His condition continued to deteriorate. The patient eventually succumbed at 12.54pm today. The Hospital was saddened about the passing away of the patient and would offer necessary assistance to his family. Including the above case, 34 COVID-19 confirmed patients have passed away in public hospitals so far.

Dr.Sara Ho from the Hospital Authority (HA) said that another 101 patients have recovered and been discharged recently, and a total of 1,959 patients have recovered and discharged so far. So far, there are 1,107 patients in the 17 hospitals of the HA, Lei Yue Mun Quarantine Centre and AsiaWorld-Expo. Among them, 34 are in critical condition, 71 are in serious condition, and 1,032 are in stable condition.

There are a total of 31 patients currently being hospitalised at AsiaWorld-Expo as of today. A woman who was not a patient was sent to AsiaWolrd-Expo yesterday by accident. After the doctor on duty found out that she had no positive virus results, she was immediately transferred to Queen Mary Hospital. Her test results eventually showed negative again at the hospital.

As at 9am today (August 2), 101 COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1315, 1323, 1395, 1458, 1513, 1532, 1537, 1543, 1544, 1546, 1620, 1639, 1643, 1661, 1662, 1739, 1838, 1839, 1850, 1867, 1881, 1885, 1916, 1943, 1951, 1962, 1970, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2005, 2054, 2063, 2075, 2083, 2093, 2110, 2117, 2119, 2130, 2136, 2145, 2170, 2178, 2188, 2229, 2249, 2275, 2278, 2319, 2324, 2332, 2340, 2342, 2355, 2380, 2393, 2401, 2402, 2413, 2426, 2428, 2430, 2462, 2486, 2488, 2503, 2513, 2516, 2526, 2546, 2562, 2584, 2602, 2608, 2614, 2629, 2640, 2648, 2655, 2668, 2697, 2700, 2706, 2728, 2766, 2779, 2786, 2841, 2876, 2897, 2904, 2915, 2937, 2954, 3094, 3123, 3126 and 3138) were discharged from hospital.  So far a total of 1,959 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

 At present, there are 676 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1 256 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 1 176 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 19 public hospitals and a community isolation facility, among which 37 patients are in critical condition (case numbers: 595, 1346, 1401, 1424, 1470, 1491, 1650, 1679, 1718, 1767, 1777, 1779, 1806, 1835, 1940, 1955, 1989, 2007, 2048, 2086, 2115, 2133, 2161, 2172, 2269, 2282, 2408, 2479, 2484, 2792, 2942, 3153, 3170, 3274, 3307, 3367 and 3372), 44 are in serious condition (case numbers: 1498, 1573, 1795, 1805, 1843, 1952, 1956, 1968, 1998, 2033, 2038, 2078, 2079, 2143, 2148, 2288, 2315, 2316, 2334, 2358, 2362, 2396, 2412, 2422, 2452, 2458, 2522, 2560, 2576, 2591, 2595, 2650, 2746, 2769, 2789, 2894, 2901, 2940, 2941, 2951, 3025, 3285, 3317 and 3366) and the remaining 1,095 patients are in stable condition.

 The preliminary positive result of the deceased patient announced by HA earlier was confirmed today (case number: 3423).  Including this case, a total of 35 COVID-19 confirmed patients have passed away in public hospitals so far.

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