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Wednesday, March 04, 2020, 18:19
Coronavirus: HK tally at 102, Buddhist hall master infected
By He Shusi and Shadow Li i
Wednesday, March 04, 2020, 18:19 By He Shusi and Shadow Li i

People receive temperature checks before entering a local bank as a precaution against the COVID-19 in Hong Kong, March 3, 2020. (KIN CHEUNG/AP)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong on Wednesday recorded two new cases of coronavirus infection and one suspected patient was initially tested positive, a health official said, bringing the infection tally in the city to 102.

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Six more coronavirus patients were discharged in the past 24 hours while 55 are still hospitalized. Among them, two are in critical condition

The city now has 102 confirmed cases. One of the newly-confirmed patients is a 43-year-old man, who is the “master” of a Buddhist worship hall in North Point, where 16 people were infected previously, head of the communicable disease branch of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a press briefing in the afternoon.

The 102nd case involved a 57-year-old female domestic helper of two previously confirmed patients, who lived in Phase 1 of Redhill Peninsula in Tai Tam in southern Hong Kong Island.

The suspected patient is the wife of an infected patient.

All three were asymptomatic but are close contacts with previous patients.

In the meantime, six more coronavirus patients were discharged in the past 24 hours. Fifty-five patients are still hospitalized. Among them, two are in critical condition.

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Hospital Authority said some people had visited emergency wards or outpatient clinics to demand that they be tested for the novel coronavirus despite having no related symptoms. In doing so, they are putting unnecessary burden on the already stretched medical service, the authority said. It called on the public to remain calm and not to expose themselves to unnecessary risks of infections.


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