Three Months into Our Fight- Seeing the Arrival of Dawn
In the past month, the epidemic continued to spread rapidly in many countries around the world. The number of confirmed cases increased from 400 000 a month ago to 2.6 million today, an increase of some 600%, with over 180 000 deaths. Many governments had little choice but to take extreme measures such as a city lockdown.During the same period, the overseas epidemic situation resulted in a large number of Hong Kong residents abroad, including students studying in the United States of America (USA) and Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom, to return to Hong Kong.
Due to the large number of imported cases,Hong Kong’s epidemic situation, which had remained stable for a period up to mid-March, started to become severe and reached its peak at the end of March. On 27, 28 and 29 March, Hong Kongrecorded 65, 64 and 59 confirmed cases respectively on a single day. We were then extremely worried because if 60 new cases have to be admitted to hospital and placed in isolation each day (according to Hospital Authority statistics every confirmed case stays in hospital for 15 to 20 days on average) and if this number of new confirmed cases continued for one month then the Hospital Authority’s 1 200 or so isolation beds would be fully occupied and our hospital system would face unimaginable pressure. Read full letter - click here