A man has died after being found unconscious at a government-run isolation facility for Covid patients over the weekend, Hong Kong health authorities have confirmed.

Penny’s Bay Covid-19 quarantine centre on Lantau. File photo: GovHK.

Speaking during a daily press briefing on Wednesday, the Hospital Authority’s Larry Lee said the 59-year-old – who had underlying health conditions – was found unconscious in his room at around noon on Sunday.

“Personnel from the Civil Aid Service… immediately called the ambulance,” Lee said, referring to the government department operating the quarantine centre.

He was rushed to North Lantau Hospital, with medics performing emergency first aid along the way. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Lee added that the man had heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease, and underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2018.

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He arrived at Penny’s Bay on April 28 after testing positive for Covid-19.

Lee did not respond directly when asked by a reporter whether staff had checked in on the man in the morning, or how long he was believed to have been unconscious.

HKFP has reached out to the Civil Aid Service for comment.

Quarantine concerns

Last Wednesday, veteran actor Kenneth Tsang was found dead in his quarantine hotel Tsim Sha Tsui. Tsang, who was in his late eighties, had been undergoing mandatory quarantine after returning from Singapore.

His family told local media that his relatives had delivered medicine to Tsang the night before his death. The tragedy prompted concerns about the safety of elderly quarantining on their own.

At a Covid-19 press briefing last Thursday, the Centre for Health Protection’s Chuang Shuk-kwan did not say whether it was possible to modify regulations to allow the elderly to quarantine at home.

Hong Kong recorded another 313 Covid-19 infections and three deaths on Wednesday. Amid the downward trend in cases, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday that the city would reopen beaches and pools, as well as allow restaurants to seat up to eight people per table, on Thursday.

The relaxation comes ahead of the second phase of social distancing rules loosening on May 19, when bars, clubs, karaoke lounges and other business that have been shut since January will reopen.

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