The fifth wave of the new crown epidemic in Hong Kong broke out! The cumulative number of confirmed cases has exceeded 960,000, and the cumulative number of deaths has reached 4,847, surpassing China’s 4,636. The mortality rate is even higher than that of the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea and Singapore. Experts from the University of Hong Kong analyzed that Hong Kong’s living environment is crowded and cannot separate nursing homes from the community. , The low vaccination rate of the elderly, insufficient public health and medical resources, and high mortality are “foreseeable tragedies”.
This wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong is raging, and the number of confirmed cases is staggering every day. According to the data of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, as of March 16, the fifth wave of confirmed cases in Hong Kong has accumulated more than 962,581 cases, and the cumulative number of deaths has so far been 4,847. Since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in 2020, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong has reached 975,212.
Siddharth Sridhar, clinical assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, posted on Facebook “Why is Hong Kong’s COVID-19 death rate so high? ” to write an article for the title, mentioning that the new crown pneumonia pandemic has claimed many lives around the world, and every virus variant will trigger a new wave, and the fifth wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong will be written into history and become the most serious region in the world. one.
According to the rolling average data of Our World in Data in the past 7 days, Xue Da analyzed that the overall cases in various places are at a high level. Hong Kong has about 35 deaths per 1 million population, while the United Kingdom, the United States, South Korea and Singapore have only 35 deaths per 1 million population. Fewer than 10 people have died from the virus, and although definitions of mortality vary from place to place, Hong Kong’s high death rate is a “foreseeable tragedy”.
- Hong Kong’s living environment is crowded
Xue Da analyzed that Omicron is like wildfire, spreading in densely populated Hong Kong. The crowded environment allows the virus to spread among households and grow exponentially, overwhelms the tracking work, and cannot separate nursing homes from the community, leading to immunity Weak elders are excessively concentrated in confined indoor spaces, so it is foreseeable that the epidemic will spread out of control.
- The vaccination rate of the elderly is low
Why is Hong Kong’s COVID-19 death rate so high? Xue Da pointed out that vaccination can greatly reduce the risk of dying from new coronary pneumonia, but unfortunately, only 54.6% of Hong Kong’s elderly people aged 80 or above received one or more doses of the vaccine, which has become the core key to the failure of Hong Kong’s fifth wave of epidemic prevention.
90% of people who died in the fifth wave of the virus in Hong Kong did not receive two doses of the new crown vaccine. For those aged 80 or above, the mortality rate of those who did not receive or only received one dose of the vaccine was as high as 12.15%. After completing two doses, the mortality rate was reduced to 3.01% , and because most Hong Kong people had not been infected with new coronary pneumonia before the fifth wave of the epidemic, there is no other way to obtain antibodies other than vaccination.
- Insufficient public health medical resources
Xue Da said that Omicron has exacerbated Hong Kong’s long-term pressured medical system. Every seasonal flu will overwhelm the emergency room and collapse. This time Omicron’s attack has brutally exposed long-standing problems. Efforts are still unable to solve the tsunami caused by the new crown pneumonia.
Xue Da pointed out that Hong Kong hospitals have always been short of manpower and space. If you want a more flexible healthcare system to deal with future epidemics, you must solve the above problems and introduce policies as soon as possible to alleviate the spread of the epidemic. It is more important to pay tribute and vaccinate the elderly as soon as possible, and stock up on antiviral drugs to deal with the upcoming new crown epidemic.