Coronavirus live news: WHO says there may never be a silver bullet vaccine for Covid-19 – The Guardian

I mentioned a few posts ago that Hong Kong tape-recorded fewer than 100 cases of Covid-19 for 3 August. Heres some analysis from our reporter, Helen Davidson:

Rigorous social distancing measures, which was because of end on Wednesday, have been extended another week. Pools, beaches, fitness centers, and numerous clubs will stay closed, and restaurants will continue to be limited to takeaway services between 5am and 6pm, with an optimum of two individuals at a table the rest of the time. The federal government had actually prohibited all dine in services last week but rapidly reversed the choice after neighborhood reaction.

As of Monday there were 1,243 patients in the 1,256 beds throughout 19 health centers and one community seclusion facility.

Citing anonymous sources, the South China Morning Post said mainland Chinese specialists released to Hong Kong last week are helping the building of 2 short-lived Covid-19 medical facilities, and increased testing. Photos released in Chinese state media, Xinhua, show numerous beds separated by temporary dividers in an exhibit hall of the AsiaWorld-Expo centre, which opened Saturday. According to the SCMP, this will be broadened with another 400 beds in a 2nd hall.

Citing confidential sources, the South China Morning Post said mainland Chinese experts released to Hong Kong last week are helping the building of two short-term Covid-19 health centers, and increased screening. Pictures released in Chinese state media, Xinhua, show hundreds of beds separated by temporary dividers in an exhibit hall of the AsiaWorld-Expo centre, which opened Saturday. Data from the medical facility authority reveals the tenancy rate of the seclusion wards rose from about 60% to above 80% during this newest wave.

For the very first time in 2 weeks Hong Kong has actually reported less than 100 brand-new cases of Covid-19 in a day.

The high variety of infections has threatened to overwhelm Hong Kongs public healthcare facility system. Unlike other nations, which allow, encourage, or even require Covid-19 clients to recover in your home if they have mild systems, Hong Kong sends out everyone to a hospital isolation bed.

Information from the medical facility authority shows the occupancy rate of the isolation wards increased from about 60% to above 80% during this latest wave. Private bed occupancy increased by about 50% in the exact same time. Current rates are around 75%.

Hong Kong is experiencing its third and worst wave of the break out since the infection very first appeared there in January. Driven mainly by community transmission, 2,342 of Hong Kongs 3,590 overall cases have actually been tape-recorded in the previous month.

Of those, 43 people are critical, 49 in severe condition, and 1,151 steady.

On Monday night health authorities stated 80 people had been identified with the virus, with the infection source unknown for 24 of them.

The centre for health defense stated they would observe the pattern over the coming days prior to making any decision about whether the infection rate was declining.