15th February 2020 – (Singapore) Singapore reported nine more confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Six of them are linked to a cluster from the Grace Assembly of God church, director of medical services at Ministry of Health, Kenneth Mak said at a press conference. This brings the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Singapore to 67, with six patients in critical condition.
Chinese government announced that over 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the virus, and six have died. According to the National Health Commission, the current number of infections in mainland China is 63,851, up 5,090 from the day before, while the death toll has risen to 1,380. As of 12am today, there were a total of 64,455 cases worldwide with 1,383 deaths.
A Russian woman escaped coronavirus quarantine by short-circuiting the lock. A Russian woman who escaped a hospital ward where she was under quarantine for novel coronavirus is facing a lawsuit filed by heath authorities for endangering the public, according to Russian state media.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the latest cases on land include a female taxi driver in her 60s in Okinawa. She had given rides to passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship during its stop at the island on 1st February, prior to the quarantine.
Lastly in Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 8pm yesterday, there were three additional case of novel coronavirus infection, taking to 56 the number of confirmed cases so far in Hong Kong.
The first case involves a 41-year-old woman (the 54th case) who is the cousin of the 37-year-old male patient of the 53rd case confirmed on 13th February The patient has good past health and lives in Tai Long Wan Village, Shek O. She developed cough since February 3 and sought medical attention at Ruttonjee Hospital yesterday and was admitted for isolation and management. Her respiratory sample was tested positive for novel coronavirus and she is now in a stable condition. The patient had no travel history during the incubation period. She had dinner with the patients of five confirmed cases (the 46th, 48th, 49th, 52nd and 53rd case) at Star Seafood Restaurant in North Point on 26th January evening. According to the preliminary epidemiological investigations by the CHP, the patient has eight household close contacts.
The second case involves a 70-year-old man (the 55th case) with underlying illnesses who lives alone in Shek Yi House, Shek Lei (II) Estate. He had a fall at home and was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital on 12th February. He had developed malaise, shortness of breath and cough with sputum since 2nd February. At the hospital, he presented with fever and desaturation and was admitted for management. His respiratory sample was tested positive for novel coronavirus and he is now in a critical condition. The patient had a day trip to the Mainland through the Lok Ma Chau Control Point on 22 d January.
The third case involves a 61-year-old woman (the 56th case) with good past health who lives in 233 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan. She developed cough and epigastric pain since 10th February, and fever and shortness of breath since 12th February. The patient sought medical attention at Queen Mary Hospital yesterday and was admitted for isolation and management. Her respiratory sample was tested positive for novel coronavirus and she is now in a stable condition. The patient had no travel history during the incubation period. Her husband is asymptomatic and will be arranged for quarantine.
A spokesman for the CHP said, “According to our preliminary epidemiological investigations, some of the confirmed cases are locally infected. The CHP strongly urged the public to maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community.”