16th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has announced that as of 0.00am, 16th September, the CHP was investigating nine additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 4,985 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 4,984 confirmed cases and one probable case).
Among the newly reported cases announced, four had a travel history during the incubation period. The remaining cases were epidemiologically linked with local cases.
Of the 9 confirmed cases, 4 were imported from other countries, and the patients returned to Hong Kong from France, the United States, India, and the Philippines. For 5 local cases, 4 were discovered during isolation period at respective quarantine centres and 1 was linked to the cluster at Transport City Building in Tai Wai.
As at 9am today, 17 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 4,663 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
At present, there are 644 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,154 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 183 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 18 public hospitals and a community treatment facility, among which 16 patients are in critical condition, eight are in serious condition and the remaining 159 patients are in stable condition.
In view of the severe epidemic situation, the CHP called on members of the public to avoid going out, having social contact and dining out. They should put on a surgical mask and maintain stringent hand hygiene when they need to go out. As a number of recent cases involve elderly people, the CHP strongly urged the elderly to stay home as far as possible and avoid going out. They should consider asking their family and friends to help with everyday tasks such as shopping for basic necessities.
A spokesman for the CHP said, “Given that the situation of COVID-19 infection remains severe and that there is a continuous increase in the number of cases reported around the world, members of the public are strongly urged to avoid all non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.