All 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in HK today are imported (Updated: 6.30pm)

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17th October 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has announced that as of 0.00am, today, there were 17 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases taking the number of cases to 5,238 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 5,237 confirmed cases and one probable case). No media conference will be held at 4.30pm later.

All the newly reported cases announced had a travel history during the incubation period. Of the 17 confirmed cases, 11 arrived from India, 2 from Indonesia, and the rest from the Philippines, Morocco, Pakistan and France, aged between 4 and 50.

The CHP’s epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing on the confirmed cases are ongoing.

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. 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.

The spokesman 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.

 As at 9am today, 12 COVID-19 confirmed patient was discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 4,963 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
      
 At present, there are 623 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,115 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 125 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 19 public hospitals, among which 12 patients are in critical condition, five are in serious condition and the remaining 108 patients are in stable condition.

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