Hong Kong reports second coronavirus fatality, China News
“A 70-year-old male patient who was infected with the novel coronavirus deteriorated and succumbed in Princess Margaret Hospital this morning,” the Hospital Authority said in a statement.
Officials said the man, who had underlying illnesses, was taken to hospital on Feb 12 after a fall at home. He had a fever and tested positive for the virus, dying a week later.
The first infections were largely found within people who had travelled to the epicentre in China’s central Hubei province.
But in recent weeks local infections have increased among residents with no history of travel to China.
In 2003, 299 Hong Kongers were killed by an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) – 40 per cent of the global total fatalities.
The outbreak left deep psychological scars on the tightly packed city and a lasting legacy of distrust towards China’s communist leadership who initially covered up the outbreak.
In the last fortnight, the international business hub has been hit by a wave of panic-buying, with supermarket shelves emptied of staple goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and rice.
Authorities say the supply of goods remains stable and says panic buying is itself causing shortages.
Face masks, however, remain in short supply with queues cropping up across the city whenever a local pharmacy or store announces a new delivery.