4th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) Centre for Health Protection announced today that there were 1 new imported COVID-19 cases today, including a foreign cargo pilot who arrived in Hong Kong from Kazakhstan.
The patient is a cargo pilot exempted from the compulsory quarantine requirement and is under medical surveillance upon his return to Hong Kong. He has been all along asymptomatic after returning to Hong Kong and mainly stayed at home. He attended a private practitioner yesterday. His deep throat saliva specimen was tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 today and has been arranged for management at Princess Margaret Hospital. His wife and daughter are asymptomatic and have been arranged quarantine.
He was in Kazakhstan and Turkey between 11th and 30th June. He developed cough on 25th June. The new imported cases involved 6 men and 5 women aged 28-62. Total cases in Hong Kong increased to 1,259.
As at noon today, 20 COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 1114, 1115, 1120, 1126, 1131, 1133, 1139, 1140, 1141, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156, 1161, 1163, 1164, 1171, 1172, 1175 and 1177) were discharged from hospital in the past 24 hours. So far, a total of 1 145 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
At present, there are 602 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,170 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 96 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in eight hospitals, among which one patient is in critical condition (case number: 595), and the remaining 95 patients are in stable condition.