A major public hospital in Hong Kong has appealed for information on a Covid-19 patient who fled the premises on Friday.
The 63-year-old man was admitted to an isolation ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on Monday for treatment after the onset of the disease on December 8, a spokesman said.
“At about 5pm today, a staff member discovered that the patient was attempting to leave his ward and immediately followed him,” he said. “However, the patient quickly disappeared after running down the stairs.”
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The spokesman said the worker immediately notified hospital security to search the area but to no avail.
The hospital reported the case to police and the Centre for Health Protection for assistance.
The man has no travel history but is a close contact of another confirmed patient. He is about 1.6 metres tall, of medium build with black hair and was wearing a blue outfit and sport shoes when he fled. He lives on Fa Yuen Street in Mong Kok.
Anyone who sees him or knows him can contact either police or the hospital hotline at 3506 8944.
The hospital reminded patients in isolation to listen to instructions of medical workers and refrain from leaving without approval.
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