Date
17 January 2019
The Observatory expects the very cold weather to persist in the first few days of the New Year. Photo: CNSA
The Observatory expects the very cold weather to persist in the first few days of the New Year. Photo: CNSA

Cold snap to persist in early days of New Year

A 90-year-old woman died of hypothermia while a 50-year-old man remained in serious condition as temperatures plunged, the Hospital Authority said.

Other media reports, citing various sources, said as many as six elderly people died either at home or in the hospital over the weekend amid the cold snap.

The very cold weather is expected to persist in the first few days of the New Year, the Observatory said.

The Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reminded the public, particularly the elderly and people with chronic illnesses, to adopt appropriate measures to protect their health in view of the cold weather.

A spokesman for the CHP said that cold weather can easily trigger or exacerbate diseases, especially among the elderly and those suffering from heart disease, respiratory disease or other chronic illnesses.

Among other preventive measures, people are advised to consume sufficient food to ensure adequate calorie intake, perform regular exercise to facilitate blood circulation and heat production, stay in a warm environment and avoid prolonged outdoor exposure, the CHP said.

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