In Hong Kong, many public hospitals had been overloaded with medical inpatient beds. The average occupancy rate at midnight was 112%, with the Caritas Medical Centre reaching an average occupancy of 132%, Pok Oi Hospital reaching 126%, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital reaching 122%.
On January 8, the number of first-time attendance to the Accident and Emergency room of hospitals was 5,794, which was slightly lower than the previous day’s 6,319. The “Surge in Brief” published by the Hospital Authority online showed that from 31 December 2019 to 6 January 2020, the average daily number of attendance of the main emergency rooms was 5840, which was 225 more than the previous week.
Key statistics on service demand of A&E Departments and occupancy rates in public hospitals