Briefs, March 3, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 March, 2013, 5:14am


Man's respiratory infection is not Sars

A 74-year-old man in an infirmary ward in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, where some patients are infected with human metapneumovirus, has a fever and respiratory problems. The New Territories West Cluster of hospitals said his infection was not related to Sars or novel coronavirus. Test results on the man, now in isolation and in a stable condition, are pending. At Castle Peak Hospital, which has seen cases of Influenza A recently, three more patients, aged 25 to 57 years, in a long-stay ward for men with respiratory problems. The hospitals have suspended admissions to the wards.


Temperatures drop sharply amid monsoon

Temperatures in the afternoon were seven to eight degrees Celsius lower than those on Friday, amid an intense northeastern monsoon associated with a cold front sweeping over the northern part of the South China Sea. It will be cool this morning, with a minimum of about 13 degrees in urban areas, and slightly colder in the New Territories.


150 caught smuggling drugs in prison

Correctional officers stopped about 150 cases of inmate drug smuggling last year and had seen 12 such cases this year, Commissioner of Correctional Services Sin Yat-kin said. Recently, officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre saw something suspicious inside an inmate using a body scanner installed in January and later found seven pellets of what they suspected was drugs.


Man arrested for throwing bottles

A man believed to be mentally ill was arrested for throwing three glass bottles from a height in Mei On Street, Mong Kok. No one was hurt. The 23-year-old was later taken to Kwong Wah Hospital.