Hong Kong remains safe compared to other major cities of the world. Considering it’s close proximity to the mainland China, the city recorded 845 confirmed cases and only 4 deaths. Only until recent return of students from abroad brought the figures up.
A major cultural factor behind this is Hong Kong’s experience of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, in which 299 people died.
According to Yahoo News UK, it meant members of the public and healthcare services remained on high alert for another infectious disease – and responded quickly when the COVID-19 outbreak began in China.
On the mainland, there have now been more than 82,000 confirmed cases and over 3,300 deaths.
Italy, meanwhile, has the highest death toll in the world, with more than 101,000 confirmed cases and over 11,000 deaths. Continue reading “Coronavirus: Why Hong Kong has few deaths compared to other countries?”