Hong Kong third wave: 115 new Covid-19 cases emerge and elderly patient dies

Hong Kong third wave: 115 new Covid-19 cases emerge and elderly patient dies

  • But for the first time in six weeks, none of the latest infections are imported
  • Dozens of patients admitted to makeshift hospital near airport, including a woman who had no record of testing positive for the coronavirus

Daily coronavirus infections in Hong Kong continued to stretch into the triple digits as 115 cases emerged on Sunday, while an elderly man became the city’s 34th fatality of the pandemic.

But none of the infections were imported, the first time since June 16 that arrivals were not part of the daily tally, an absence that comes after the government closed loopholes relating to incoming sea crews and pilots.

The government is set to extend its latest round of stepped up social-distancing measures another week in an attempt to break local chains of transmission. Of the new infections, at least 58 were tied to gatherings of family or friends, while 36 were untraced.

While the daily numbers have surpassed 100 for 12 straight days, the last three days have seen the figures fall slightly. But a top health official cautioned it was too early to draw conclusions.

“There may be fluctuations in the daily number [of infections],” said Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch. “We have seen ups and downs in the past week.”