Flu season hits Hong Kong hard

Patients wear masks waiting at fever patient pending area at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan. Photo: SCMP

The medical ward bed occupancy rate at a public hospital has reached a flu season high of 140 per cent, as the number of severe cases of the viral disease rose last week.

Private hospitals also saw doubled amount of patients visiting 24-hour clinics during the Lunar New Year holidays . Daily amount of patients attending public hospitals’ accident and emergency wards jumped from 5,900–daily average during non-peak period–to the highest at 7,613 on February 9.

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