Hong Kong recorded at least 11 deaths over the weekend under the cold weather warning as the city suffered the impact of a winter monsoon near the coast of Guangdong.
The city reported the deaths of six men and five women on Saturday and Sunday in various districts – the youngest aged 54. The causes of their deaths are to be confirmed, but they are suspected to be related to the cold temperatures.
The police received multiple reports of elderly people collapsing in their homes or on the streets as Hong Kong recorded lows of nine degrees Celsius in urban areas on Saturday.
The Centre for Health Protection cautioned that citizens, especially elderly people and people with chronic illness should take precautions during the cold snap.
A spokesperson said in a statement that the low temperatures “can easily trigger or exacerbate diseases, especially among the elderly and persons suffering from heart disease, respiratory illness or other chronic illnesses.“
The CHP advised citizens to wear warm clothes and ensure adequate ventilation when using heaters indoors. The centre also asked citizens to exercise regularly to help with blood circulation and heat production.
Temporary cold shelters remained open on Monday during the daytime while the cold weather warning was still effective.
Temperatures in Hong Kong are expected to rise throughout the week, with highs of 20 degrees Celsius and and lows of 12 degrees Celsius into the weekend.