COVID-19 Cases in HK: Daily Update
Last updated on Monday, March 1 at 7.30am
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On Sunday, HK recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases (down from 33 on Saturday). Total cases would be 11,005, for 199 deaths.
We keep you posted daily, with all the key facts you need.
Key Hong Kong updates
– 22 COVID-19 cases on Sunday. 10 are linked to the cluster at K11 Musea, a high-end shopping mall.
– About 1,500 staff at K11 Musea have to be tested. The mall is closed for 2 days (Sunday and Monday).
– The 1st batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines (585,000 doses) has arrived in Hong Kong.
Daily COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong (latest day first)
Sunday: 22 cases (17 local).
Saturday: 33 cases (31 local).
Friday: 24 cases (18 local).
Thursday: 13 cases (12 local).
Wednesday: 17 cases (16 local).
Tuesday: 12 cases (11 local).
Monday: 16 cases (13 local).
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Latest global COVID-19 update (as of March 1)
Total number of cases (worldwide): 113,514,984.
Number of deaths: 2,519,352.
Number of people who have recovered: 64,068,362.
Top 20 countries with the most cases (source Johns Hopkins):
1. USA: 28,487,119.
2. India: 11,079,979.
3. Brazil: 10,455,630.
4. Russia: 4,187,166.
5. UK: 4,175,317.
6. France: 3,747,263.
7. Spain: 3,188,644.
8. Italy: 2,888,923.
9. Turkey: 2,683,971.
10. Germany: 2,439,079.
11. Colombia: 2,244,792.
12. Argentina: 2,098,728.
13. Mexico: 2,076,882.
14. Poland: 1,696,885.
15. Iran: 1,623,159.
16. South Africa: 1,510,778.
17. Ukraine: 1,389,570.
18. Indonesia: 1,329,074.
19. Peru: 1,316,363.
20. Czechia: 1,227,595.
Latest measures taken in Hong Kong
– On February 16, Health Secretary Sophia Chan confirmed that several social distancing measures will be eased from February 18: restaurants can again offer evening dine-in service until 10pm with four people allowed per table, and gyms, sports venues, theme parks, cinemas, beauty and massage parlors and game centers will reopen (after being closed for over 2 months). Those establishments must however comply with two new infection control measures: all staff will have to undergo virus testing every fortnight, and patrons will have to use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app or provide their personal details with their records kept for 31 days. Restaurants failing to comply with these measures will have to shorten their dine-in hours to 6pm with only 2 people allowed per table for 3, 7 or 14 days depending on the situation of the premises. Note that the 2 person cap on public gatherings will be extended to March 3, along with the mask law. Bathhouses, party rooms, nightclubs, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises and swimming pools will also remain closed.
– On February 10, Hong Kong authorities announced that a number of COVID-19 social distancing measures will be relaxed after Chinese New Year celebrations, on Thursday February 18. From that day, gyms and beauty parlours will be able to reopen, as well as theme parks and cinemas. Government services will also resume. Restaurants will also be able to reopen until 10pm, with tables of up to four guests. Restaurants will however have to comply with two additional infection control measures: (1) all staff will have to undergo virus testing every 14 days, and (2) guests will have to use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app or provide their personal information to keep a record of their whereabouts. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan clarified that the rules will only be relaxed if there is no sudden uptick in infections over the Chinese New Year break.
– On January 19, Hong Kong authorities announced that (i) existing social distancing measures are extended to January 27, Government employees will continue to work from home until January 27 and that persons who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland are restricted from boarding flights for HK from January 23.
– On January 7, the Government announced that it will maintain the boarding restrictions for the UK and South Africa, and the 21-day compulsory quarantine arrangements for people arriving in Hong Kong from places outside China. Currently, any person who has stayed in the UK or South Africa for more than 2 hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day are not allowed to board for Hong Kong.
– On December 24, Hong Kong authorities announced that starting Friday December 25th, all overseas arrivals into HK have to quarantine in designated hotels for 21 days – up from the current 14 days. Only people arriving from China, Macau and Taiwan will continue to have home quarantine for 14 days.
– On December 21, Hong Kong’s Education Bureau announced that all face-to-face classes at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools will be further suspended until January 10.
– On December 21, the HK Government announced that social distancing measures are extended: no dine in is permitted in restaurants from 6:00pm to 4:59am of the subsequent day. Restaurant capacity may not cross 50% of capacity with a maximum of 2 persons at a table. All amusement game centers, bathhouses, fitness centers, places of amusement or public entertainment, party rooms, beauty parlors, nightclubs, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises, massage establishments and clubhouses are closed.
– Since December 22, all arrivals except those from China have to do their mandatory 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel. People arriving from China can do their 14 days quarantine at home.
– Hospitals have set up infection control and special visiting arrangement in non-acute hospitals.
– The airport remains shut to foreigners indefinitely.
– Closing of border points with China: Carrie Lam had announced on February 3 that only two land boundary control points will handle passengers: Shenzhen Bay and HK-Zuhai-Macao Bridge. The Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Macao Ferry Terminal control points have remained closed. Kai Tak Cruise Terminal operates as normal. This means that out of 14 boundary control points between HK and mainland China, 10 are closed and only 4 remain open.
Reminder: what is COVID-19?
A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. This large family of viruses causes several well-known mild to moderate respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coronaviruses spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching an infected person.
While most coronaviruses are not dangerous and most people actually get a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child, with mild symptoms. In some rarer instances, people have been infected by a more serious type of coronavirus, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Indeed, SARS was transmitted from civet cats to humans, and MERS from dromedary camels to humans, as reminded by World Health Organization (WHO).
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has NOT been previously identified in humans. The new coronavirus was first named “2019-nCoV”. On February 11, WHO renamed it COVID-19.
Where does COVID-19 come from?
On 31 December 2019, China alerted the WHO of several cases of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan. Wuhan has 11 million people and is located in the central Hubei Province, which itself has 60 million people. Several of those infected by the virus worked at or visited a a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic origin to the outbreak. Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market was shut on January 1.
On January 5, Chinese officials and experts ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the SARS. Tests showed that cases were due to a new coronavirus, which was named “2019-nCoV.” (it has since been renamed COVID-19 by WHO).
On January 11, China announced its first death: a 61-year-old man who had visited the seafood market. He was admitted to hospital and died on the evening of January 9 when his heart failed.
Since then, the COVID-19 has spread around the world.
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What are the symptoms?
For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to to people being severely ill and dying. As reported by CDC, symptoms can include:
– Difficulty breathing
– Pneumonia as shown on chest X-ray
People of older age and/or with existing health issues are deemed at higher risk of developing severe symptoms from the new coronavirus.
Recommendations to follow to stay safe
The Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong as well as the WHO and the CDC in the US have published advice for the general public. These are generally consistent with health recommendations to contain common viruses, such as influenza.
Recommendations include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
– Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
– Wash hands with liquid soap, water and rub for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a disposable paper towel.
– If water and soap is not available, use 70 to 80% alcohol-based hand-rub.
– Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
– When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue immediately and wash hands.
– Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
– If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
When to seek medical help?
You must wear a surgical mask and seek medical advice immediately if you:
– have any respiratory symptoms,
– have fever and especially
– if you have been travelling.
Even if you are unsure about whether you are sick and what it may be, you must see a doctor. In the current context and while we should avoid unnecessary anxiety, it’s best to be safe!
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