125 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Hong Kong today including 8 patients linked to Star Global multi-level marketing company and 5 new deaths (Updated: 5pm)

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1st August 2020 – (Hong Kong) Dr.Chuang Shuk-kwan from Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced at 4.35pm today that there are 125 new COVID-19 cases (as of 12am today) including 1 imported case, 79 local cases linked to previous cases and 45 local cases have unknown sources. Hong Kong has maintained over 100 cases each day for 11 days in a row. Total cumulative cases reached 3,397.

Case No. 2327 and Case No. 2978 are the same patient. So, the newly confirmed patient will replace the 2978th case number.

The 1 imported case is a returnee from U.K.

62 out of 79 local cases are family members and friends linked to previously infected cases. 3 preliminary cases linked to Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse have been tested positive.

8 new cases are linked to the cluster outbreak that took place at a multi-level marketing office called Star Global on Argyle Street, Kowloon. A total of 6 new confirmed cases and 5 preliminarily positive cases were reported yesterday. Cosmetics and wines are sold via the multi-level marketing company. Others in close contact will be traced. The company organised promotional events and trained its company executives in another building in Prince Edward, Mong Kok. Total cases linked to Star Global have increased to 17.

According to the company registry, “Star Global Group Holdings Limited” (Star Global Group Holdings Limited), (Star Global Limited) , “All Star Global Limited” (All Star Global Limited), the company director is Yeung, the first two companies were renamed “All Star International Limited” and “All Star Team Limited” this year. According to the data, Yeung is related to the business of Francine or LB/ DCHL.

There are also other cases linked to workplace/clinics/elderly home where there were a few cluster outbreaks.

5 patients have passed away since yesterday nigh and a total of 31 COVID-19 patients have passed away so far. Spokespersons for Queen Mary Hospital and Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital announced today that two respective patients with COVID-19 infection have passed away. An 86-year-old male patient (Case No: 1473) in Queen Mary Hospital, who had a long-term illness, was admitted to the hospital for treatment on 11th July after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away at 9.60am today. The patient was a resident of Kong Tai Care for the Aged Centre.  He had a long-term illness and had no travel history. He started coughing on 11th July and was sent to hospital from the quarantine centre. In addition, another 79-year-old female patient (confirmed case: 3201) of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital also had a long-term illness and was admitted to the hospital for treatment on 29th July due to fever and asthma. The patient’s condition continued to deteriorate and she passed away at 2.31pm today. The patient lived in  Hing Wah Estate, Chai Wan.

 The spokespersons for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) announced today that two patients confirmed with COVID-19 passed away. The 79-year-old male patient (case no: 2896) in QEH with chronic disease was admitted on 27th July due to cough.

Another 89-year-old female patient (case no: 2705) in TMH with chronic disease was admitted on 26th July due to fever.
 
 Both patients’ condition continued to deteriorate and the hospitals communicated with the families about their conditions. The families agreed to have Do-Not-Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation if the patients’ condition further deteriorated. The QEH patient eventually succumbed at 11.44pm last night and the TMH patient succumbed at 12.20am this morning.  The Hospitals were saddened about the passing away of the patients and would offer necessary assistance to the families.

Meanwhile, an 88-year-old male patient at United Christian Hospital passed away at 5.30am this morning.

A doctor at Caritas Medical Centre tested positive in preliminary diagnosis today. The last day of work was yesterday and the family member tested positive earlier.

AsiaWorld-Expo will officially accept 20-30 patients at noon today. Lei Yue Mun Quarantine Centre has received 200 patients and 300 patients have been transferred to the second-tier isolation ward.

As at 9am today, 107 COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1291, 1314, 1347, 1428, 1432, 1443, 1469, 1497, 1556, 1560, 1565, 1598, 1626, 1647, 1659, 1689, 1691, 1694, 1706, 1709, 1716, 1737, 1740, 1741, 1743, 1752, 1757, 1760, 1763, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1782, 1793, 1814, 1828, 1844, 1849, 1864, 1874, 1883, 1902, 1903, 1930, 1934, 1935, 1944, 1948, 1958, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1988, 2000, 2003, 2011, 2036, 2047, 2060, 2066, 2084, 2132, 2149, 2155, 2173, 2176, 2189, 2194, 2212, 2224, 2227, 2266, 2280, 2285, 2286, 2320, 2328, 2359, 2395, 2407, 2419, 2436, 2441, 2445, 2451, 2490, 2491, 2507, 2511, 2523, 2528, 2619, 2622, 2631, 2658, 2659, 2711, 2736, 2771, 2783, 2784, 2809, 2856, 2877 and 3013) were discharged from hospital.  So far a total of 1,858 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

 At present, there are 656 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,236 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 1,179 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 17 public hospitals and a community isolation facility, among which 34 patients are in critical condition (case numbers: 595, 1346, 1401, 1424, 1470, 1491, 1612, 1650, 1679, 1718, 1767, 1777, 1779, 1806, 1835, 1940, 1955, 1989, 2048, 2075, 2086, 2115, 2133, 2161, 2172, 2269, 2282, 2408, 2479, 2484, 2703, 2942, 3153 and 3170), 44 are in serious condition (case numbers: 1315, 1498, 1573, 1795, 1805, 1843, 1952, 1956, 1968, 1998, 2033, 2038, 2078, 2079, 2143, 2148, 2246, 2288, 2315, 2316, 2334, 2358, 2362, 2396, 2412, 2422, 2452, 2458, 2522, 2560, 2576, 2591, 2595, 2650, 2746, 2769, 2789, 2792, 2894, 2901, 2940, 2941, 2951 and 3025) and the remaining 1,101 patients are in stable condition.

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