HONG KONG (dpa) – Eighteen people died in a single day as Hong Kong deals with one of the worst flu epidemics in recent years, the government said Wednesday.
All of the patients who died Tuesday were adults over 18 years of age, the Centre for Health Protection said.
The death toll reached 228 from flu-related complications during the season that is expec-ted to last until April.
Of the deaths, 216 were those aged 65 or above, while the rest were between 18 and 65.
No children have died.
More than 300 flu cases categorised as se-rious have been reported since January 2.
In early 2014, 266 cases and 133 deaths were recorded.
The city is waiting for more supplies of the vaccine for the most predominant H3N2 strain.
Delivery is not expected until April, the South China Morning Post reported.
“Most deaths are elderly patients, aged 85 or above, so we’ll give priority for the vac-cine according to age,” Chow Chun-bong, chairman of the vaccine committee, was quoted as saying.