'Don't panic about flu deaths'
An academic says people should not be too alarmed by the death of two patients with swine flu last week. Professor David Hui Shu-cheong, director of Chinese University's Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, said the fatality rate was lower than average. Hospital Authority figures suggested about four out of 100,000 people with seasonal influenza died from the condition on average. Hui advised anyone having breathing problems to see a doctor quickly.
Smash trips drink-driving arrest
A man was arrested for drink-driving after two cars and a taxi collided near the exit of the Cheung Ching Tunnel early yesterday. At around 2am, a taxi driver hit a car that was slowing down. The car subsequently collided with another car driven by a 52-year-old man. The 52-year-old was arrested for drink-driving. The driver and a taxi passenger were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.
Bus-car pile-up in Waterloo Road
Four cars and a minibus collided in Waterloo Road near the Lion Rock Tunnel. After two cars slowed down on the highway near Lung Cheung Road Park, a minibus and another car crashed into the three cars ahead of them. Three passengers in the third car and a passenger in the first car were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and later released.
Shoppers injured in mall brawl
Two women and a man aged between 55 and 63 needed hospital treatment after they sustained scratches in a brawl in a Kwun Tong shopping mall. An argument broke out when they were shopping and police were called. They were arrested on suspicion of fighting in public.
Elderly caught by cold
As the temperature dropped, 1,395 people pressed safety alarms linked to the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association by 6pm yesterday. Eighty-six were sent to hospitals, most reporting pain or shortness of breath. The Home Affairs Bureau opened 11 cold shelters.