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Flu pandemic in Hong Kong, 320 dead

The weekly number of severe flu cases in Hong Kong has jumped in the second half of June this year. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Hong Kong Aug 08, 2017, 04.36 AM (IST)

The flu pandemic in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has caused over 320 deaths, according to the Center for Health Protection under the Department of Health in Hong Kong.

On Sunday, July 23, 5,562 people turned up at the accident and emergency department at mainstream public hospitals, The Straits Times reported.

The weekly number of severe cases has also jumped in the second half of June this year, from 17 to 33, the Straits Times said quoting the South China Morning Post.

There have been at least 456 reported cases of flu, with elderly people above the age of 65 the most common victims, Reuters reported.

From May 5th to Aug 6th, a total of 19 cases of the flu infection were found in child victims. In three of the 19 cases the victim's unfortunately died, news wire Reuters informed.

The death toll during this year’s flu period is higher than last winter but lower than the winter of 2015, the Center for Health Protection stated.

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