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Hong Kong health services struggle under weight of 4,285 new cases

Medical workers at full stretch – nine more patients die, 7,000 preliminary positive infections recorded, another 20 care homes affected.

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Medical workers at full stretch – nine more patients die, 7,000 preliminary positive infections recorded, another 20 care homes affected.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

Hong Kong’s novel coronavirus cases and daily death toll reached a record high on Wednesday as the Omicron outbreak continued to spiral out of control. 

A total of 4,285 cases have been confirmed, with another 7,000 preliminary positive infections. Of the confirmed cases, all but 21 were locally-acquired.

Nine more patients have died, including a 100-year-old woman, three people in their 90s, one in her 80s and two in their 70s.

A three-year-old girl and a 37-year-old chronically-ill man have also passed away. 

Infections were recorded at another 20 care homes for the elderly and the disabled. 

A general manager of the Hospital Authority, Sara Ho Yuen-ha, said she’s very sorry that some Covid-19 patients had to wait for a long time in designated outdoor areas before they were admitted.

She conceded that the congestion is unfavourable and far from satisfactory, adding that hospitals are considering different ways to improve the situation. 

She added that non-emergency services have been cut by more than half to relieve the burden on the public medical system.

Ho said more than 4,000 patients are currently in public hospitals and isolation facilities – 17 of them critically ill, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:42 am

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