An 80-year-old man died at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan on Friday after contracting the novel coronavirus, pushing the death toll in Hong Kong to four.

The patient had an underlying illness and lived in Maylun Apartments in North Point, near the virus-hit Buddhist temple Fook Wai Ching She. He was the 89th confirmed case of Covid-19 in the city, having tested positive on February 26 – three days after his wife was confirmed to have the disease.

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

He was admitted to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital on February 25, but his condition worsened and he died on Friday morning, a hospital spokesperson confirmed to HKFP on the phone.

The patient’s 76-year-old wife was the 74th confirmed case in the city. She had visited the Buddhist temple in January and February, and has been receiving medical treatment at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital since February 22.

Hong Kong has confirmed 131 cases of Covid-19 caused by a new coronavirus, first detected in China’s Hubei province. More than 134,000 cases of infection and 4,900 deaths have been recorded across 127 countries and territories worldwide.

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Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.