Hong Kong hospi­tals face war against flu

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A health of­fi­cial in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (SAR) has said that hospi­tals here were fac­ing a “pro­tracted war against flu” with the win­ter peak sea­son ex­pected to last for sev­eral more weeks.

Le­ung Pak-yin made the re­mark as Hong Kong’s pub­lic hospi­tals saw a rush of pa­tients on Tues­day as the four-day Lu­nar New Year hol­i­day ended.

The SAR gov­ern­ment’s Sec­re­tary for Food and Health Chan Siu-chee has warned that the sea­sonal flu ac­tiv­ity would re­main at high level, and more pa­tients were likely to show up at hospi­tals af­ter the hol­i­day.

The De­part­ment of Health has or­dered an ad­di­tional 44,000 doses of flu vac­cine and they are ex­pected to ar­rive in Hong Kong by mid-March, Chan said when vis­it­ing three pub­lic hospi­tals.

Lu­oshe, a small town in East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince with a pop­u­la­tion of fewer than 20,000, has more than 60 piano fac­to­ries. Lo­cal res­i­dents, many of them farm­ers, started mak­ing pi­anos more than 30 years ago. One in eight pi­anos in China are pro­duced in Lu­oshe. More than 50,000 pi­anos were made there in 2017 and ex­ported to more than 10 coun­tries and re­gions.

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