Hong Kong reports 80 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3,669 in total

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-04 17:41:35|Editor: huaxia

HONG KONG, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 80 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the second day when the daily additional cases fell below 100.

The newly reported cases, including five imported cases and 75 local infections, brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong to 3,669.

Among the local cases, 43 are related to previously confirmed cases, mostly involving clusters due to family or friend gatherings, while the remaining 32 cases are with unknown source of infection, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch, said at a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

Lau Ka-hin, a chief manager of Hong Kong's Hospital Authority, said at the briefing that another four patients with confirmed infection passed away over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll from COVID-19 in Hong Kong's public hospitals to 41.

As of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, 2,141 patients with confirmed infection have been discharged from hospitals after recovery, while 1,298 patients are hospitalized, including 43 in critical condition and 52 in serious condition.

The current occupancy rates of negative pressure rooms and isolation beds in public hospitals are 79 percent and 77 percent respectively, according to Lau.

In view of several confirmed cases found related to two food markets in Kowloon, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Tuesday to strengthen cleaning and disinfection in the markets, and urged business owners in the markets to receive nucleic acid test for COVID-19 and wear masks while working. Enditem