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Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 22:47
HK reports nine new virus cases, tally touches 4,984
By Wang Zhan
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 22:47 By Wang Zhan

HONG KONG - Hong Kong reported nine new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the city's overall tally to 4,984.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said the new infections included five locally transmitted cases that were linked to previous patients. 

The four imported cases were from France, the United States, India and the Philippines, the CHP added.

The four imported cases were from France, the United States, India and the Philippines, the CHP added

According to the Hospital Authority, 183 confirmed patients were being treated in 18 public hospitals and a community treatment facility.

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It added that 16 patients were in critical condition, eight patients in serious condition, and the remaining 159 patients in stable condition.

The new cases came after Hong Kong on Tuesday reported no new local infections for the first time since the third wave of the epidemic began in early July. The city is set to further ease virus curbs starting Friday.

The new local cases on Wednesday included a 10-year-old girl at the FDBWA Chow Chin Yau School in Tuen Mun. The primary school said in a notice that the resumption of face-to-face classes for Primary Six students due to start on Wednesday has been suspended.

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All school staff will go through coronavirus tests this week, the school said, although the student visited the campus on Friday, or a day before health authorities believe she got infected.

The pupil was among around 30 students who had to go back to the campus for video classes due to difficulties in studying from home. Class resumption for Primary One, Five and Six children will begin next Wednesday as scheduled, according to the school.

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