31st May 2020 – (Hong Kong) A 34-year-old female patient diagnosed with COVID-19 was in critical condition. According to the Hospital Authority, 3 medical staff did not wear complete protective gear while administering treatment to the female patient. They were defined as close contacts and must be sent to the quarantine centre for 14 days. Another 12 medical staff involved in the emergency treatment of the woman must also undergo 14-day medical surveillance, including taking daily body temperature and sample testing.
The spokesperson for the Hospital Authority said that when the patient went to the accident and emergency department of the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin yesterday (30th), she developed symptoms such as coma and was in a critical situation. There were 3 medical staff who were not properly protected to assist in blood drawing and electrocardiogram. The three included a doctor, a patient service assistant and a nurse. She explained that the doctor was responsible for drawing blood from the patient. He was wearing surgical masks but did not wear protective clothing. The patient service assistant who took electrocardiogram was not wearing a full face mask and as for the nurse, she was only wearing surgical mask.