Hong Kong Logs First COVID-19 Death in Five Months

Hong Kong Logs First COVID-19 Death in Five Months

The Hospital Authority confirmed Hong Kong’s first COVID-19-related death after five months of tightening control to curb the spread of Omicron.

According to reports, the patient is a 73-year-old man with a chronic health condition, who was admitted at the Caritas Medical Centre on Feb. 8 and initially found positive for COVID-19 screening.

Meanwhile, contact tracing is ongoing at the said hospital involving 23 patients – four of them tested positive and will be isolated for quarantine.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong is not yet ready to “live with the virus” compared to other nations, as many elderly people remain hesitant to get vaccinated while 80% of the city’s population have only one vaccine shot.

As of Feb. 9, the semi-autonomous region logged more than 2,600 cases over the past two weeks.

Subscribe to The Beat's newsletter to receive compelling, curated content straight to your inbox! You can alsocreate an accountwith us for free to start bookmarking articles for later reading.