Coronavirus update: HK jumps

Guangdong added nine new COVID-19 cases yesterday, all imported from overseas. Five were reported in Guangzhou, two in Shenzhen, and one each in Zhaoqing and Meizhou. Six more patients were released from hospital, keeping the number under treatment at 52, according to the Guangdong Health Commission.

Hong Kong had a day with record new infections of 25, after adding its first double-digit daily increase of 10 in the previous day. Most of them were imported cases or their close contacts. This takes the city’s total of confirmed cases to 192. Three were released from hospital, bringing the total discharges to 95, while 230 remain under observation, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

The death toll in the GBA remained at 12.

Macau confirmed three new imported cases today, all of whom entered Macau via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge after taking a flight to Hong Kong. A total of seven patients are being kept in isolation.

The rest of the country reported 25 new cases yesterday, up 17 from the previous day’s eight. All of them were imported, taking the total imported cases to 155. Hubei finally stopped adding new cases, while announcing eight new deaths, according to the Hubei Health Commission.

Of China’s total 80,928 confirmed cases, around 87% have left hospital, with 819 discharged yesterday alone, according to the National Health Commission.

Related news:

1. Guangzhou has decided to place all returning students from overseas under medical observation at designated sites, at their own expense. SCN. The city is also deploying a health rating system which assigns colour codes based on health status and travel history – those with red will face restrictions on dining, working and moving. SCN. The city’s Baiyun Airport, meanwhile, requires overseas returnees to register their plans two days in advance via an app. SCN.

2. Hong Kong health authorities said they would investigate the possible spread of coronavirus in bars, restaurants and gyms in Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s entertainment hub located in Central, as three new confirmed cases had visited the area. SCMP.

3. Non-resident workers from countries other than China are now prohibited from re-entering Macau. Those who are residents of the mainland, Hong Kong or Taiwan, may re-enter, but if they have been to another country they will need to be quarantined for 14 days. GOV 

4. Macau’s Education Bureau has decided to postpone the resumption of schools, which had been scheduled for March 30, and will announce a new date soon. Tertiary institutions’ resumption plans will not be affected, TDM

5. Younger adults appear to be less immune to the COVID-19 as previously thought, as data released Monday by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows a fifth of the country’s 4,226 coronavirus infections since February 12 were people aged 20-44, with 2-4 per cent requiring intensive care. SCMP.

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