“If the patient does not volunteer (to inform) anything, the doctors or nurses would never be able to know this patient is coming from Wuhan… Even if you have this amendment, it couldn’t stop people from telling lies, particularly when they’re facing this legislation.” – Kwok Ka-ki, Doctor & Legislator (Civic Party)
On Saturday, China reported the first fatality of a 61-year-old man who died from the new strain of coronavirus known as the “Wuhan pneumonia”. The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in Hubei province said 41 people identified as having the illness, one had died, seven remained in a serious condition and two had been discharged.
Most of the infected patients have had contact with the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where wild animals were sold. The market has since been closed for sanitation.
Micobiologist Yuen Kwok-yung of HKU said the genetic sequence of the new virus is 80% similar to SARS.
Hong Kong, mindful of the 2003 SARS epidemic, is on high alert.
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