‘More elderly people will die’: grim facts behind Hong Kong’s Covid-19 death surge

‘More elderly people will die’: grim facts behind Hong Kong’s Covid-19 death surge

  • Worst not over yet, say experts who explain elderly are more susceptible to effects of infection and less responsive to treatment
  • Underlying health issues bring added risk of complications for older patients

Hong Kong’s sharp increase in Covid-19 deaths over the past month came after more elderly people were infected and succumbed to their illness, including four more on Sunday morning, health experts said.

Of the 47 coronavirus-related deaths as of Friday, 40, or nearly 85 per cent, occurred since July 5, when the third wave of the outbreak began in the city. All but four were aged 70 or older.

Among them were an 84-year-old man and his 82-year-old wife who died in different hospitals.

Another four elderly patients, three women aged 78, 88 and 90, and an 81-year-old man died on Sunday, taking the city’s death toll to 51.

The longest-staying hospital patient who died was a 75-year-old woman who fought the virus for more than four months before she succumbed on Monday.

A medical source said she had to be put on an artificial heart-lung system and although she improved in June, her condition later deteriorated.