15th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has announced that as of 0.00am, 15th September, the CHP was investigating four additional imported confirmed COVID-19 cases, taking the number of cases to 4,976 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 4,975 confirmed cases and one probable case). There were no local cases reported today. As the total number of cases has dropped, Centre for Health Protection has cancelled the daily briefing at 4.30pm later.
The newly reported cases announced today involve two males and two females aged between 32 and 43. They had a travel history during the incubation period.
Meanwhile, three patients tested positive yesterday visited Do Shing Restaurant in Tuen Mun. One of the diner’s 10-year-old daughter also tested preliminarily positive today.
Cases announced today have not included cases tested positive (if any) from the Universal Community Testing Programme after 0.00am, 15th September.
As at 9am today, 11 COVID-19 confirmed patients were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 4,646 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.
At present, there are 661 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,171 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 197 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in 18 public hospitals and a community treatment facility, among which 18 patients are in critical condition, nine are in serious condition and the remaining 170 patients are in stable condition.
In addition, a 69-year-old male patient (Case No. 2968) confirmed with COVID-19 infection passed away in Tuen Mun Hospital (TMH) today. The patient with chronic illness was admitted to the Accident and Emergency Department of Pok Oi Hospital on 30th July due to fever. He was later transferred to TMH for treatment. Including this patient, 101 COVID-19 patients have passed away in public hospitals so far.
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. 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.
“The CHP also strongly urges 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. On a personal level, members of the public should wear a surgical mask when having respiratory symptoms, taking public transport or staying in crowded places. They should also perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes.
“As for household environmental hygiene, members of the public are advised to maintain drainage pipes properly, regularly pour water into drain outlets (U-traps) and cover all floor drain outlets when they are not in use. After using the toilet, they should put the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs.”