Commuters sporting face masks following the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, journey public buses in Hong Kong, China February 8, 2022. Picture by Reuters/Lam Yik
An aged man who returned a optimistic take a look at for Covid-19 in Hong Kong died on Tuesday, town’s Hospital Authority mentioned, town’s first dying doubtlessly linked with the virus in 5 months because it struggles with a worsening outbreak.
The 73-year-old affected person was chronically in poor health and had examined preliminary optimistic for Covid throughout hospital admission screening, in accordance with a press release from the Authority late on Tuesday.
It was unclear whether or not his dying could be categorised as Hong Kong’s 214th Covid dying as preliminary optimistic instances must bear additional assessments to be categorised as optimistic.
The Asian monetary hub has reported round 16,600 infections for the reason that begin of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, far decrease than in different comparable main cities.
The Chinese language territory introduced stringent new coronavirus restrictions and file new infections on Tuesday, whereas a city-wide scarcity of greens added to the distress as truck drivers who examined optimistic have been unable to carry them from mainland China.
Hong Kong has caught to the “dynamic zero” technique employed by mainland China to suppress all coronavirus outbreaks as quickly as potential.
The measures, that are the hardest imposed for the reason that begin of the pandemic, are taking an rising social and financial toll on town’s 7.5 million residents.
Chief Carrie Lam mentioned Hong Kong shouldn’t be at present capable of dwell with the virus like the remainder of the world because of the greater than 50 % of aged who stay unvaccinated.
Authorities are implementing a vaccine go as a consequence of take impact on Feb. 24 which would require vaccinations to enter most venues together with purchasing malls and supermarkets.
Round 80 % of town’s residents have had not less than one vaccine however many aged have been hesitant to get jabbed.
On the similar time, authorities have banned gatherings of greater than two individuals, shut colleges, playgrounds, gyms and most different venues. Eating in eating places is banned from 6 pm, whereas personal gatherings at residence have additionally been restricted.
Flights are down round 90 % as a consequence of robust journey restrictions whereas most individuals, together with nearly all of civil servants, are working from residence.