Covid-19: Hong Kong reports record high of 32 daily deaths as mainland experts urge authorities to release more data

Thirty-two Covid-19 patients have died over the past 24 hours, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority reported on Tuesday – a record-high daily death toll since the virus emerged in the city two years ago. The city also reported 6,211 new cases.

Patients were placed outdoors at a Hong Kong public hospital on February 17, 2022. The city’s public health system was under strain as the city braced the fifth Omicron wave. Photo: Kenny Huang/Studio Incendo.

Of the 32 recent deaths, “almost all of them” had underlying conditions and “a large portion” had no vaccination record, the Chief Manager (Quality and Standards) of the Hospital Authority Lau Ka-hin told the press during Tuesday afternoon’s daily briefing.

According to Lau, the 32 deceased patients were aged between 45 and 103, and 27 of them were over 60 years old. “People may think the 45-year-old was of a young age, but the patient was also a nursing home resident and had chronic diseases.” Lau said.

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