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Second Hongkonger dies

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A 70-year-old Hong Kong coronavirus patient with underlying health issues has died in the second fatality since the outbreak began in the city in mid-January.

A spokesman for Princess Margaret Hospital said the patient’s condition deteriorated and he had died on Wednesday morning.

Further details will be made public this afternoon at a joint press conference involving the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority.

Medical sources told the Post the man, who had diabetes and kidney problems, died at about 7am, but the exact cause of death had yet to be determined.

According to information previously released by the health authorities, the man lived alone in Shek Yi House, Shek Lei (II) Estate, in Kwai Chung.

He had fallen ill on February 2, and was sent to Princess Margaret Hospital 10 days later after suffering a fall. He was in a critical condition when his case was confirmed on February 14.

The man had taken a day trip to mainland China through Lok Ma Chau on January 22.

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