CHINA HK reports 5 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, mostly imported infections

CHINA

HK reports 5 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, mostly imported infections

Xinhua

13:39, March 18, 2020

People wearing masks walk on a street in Hong Kong, on Feb 23, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection on Tuesday reported five additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three preliminary positive cases, most of which have travel history to Europe.

With the five new cases, Hong Kong's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 162.

Out of the eight confirmed or preliminary positive cases, seven patients have visited Europe recently, head of the CHP's Communicable Disease Branch Chuang Shuk-kwan told a daily press briefing.

The remaining one confirmed case involves a man without travel history. The patient has dined with some friends in recent days, among whom one had symptoms of pneumonia.

Of all 162 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, four patients have passed away, 91 patients have been discharged from hospitals, and 67 patients are under treatment in hospitals.

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