Coronavirus response inadvertently cut two-thirds of flu deaths in Hong Kong
Health experts have said social distancing and increased awareness resulting from the coronavirus pandemic helped end Hong Kong’s winter influenza season nine weeks earlier than last year. The number of flu-related deaths in the city fell from 356 in 2019 to 113 people this year, while intensive care unit admissions dropped from 601 to 182. Epidemiologists said the city had been able to avoid the double whammy of influenza and the coronavirus outbreak largely because of social distancing measures and heightened vigilance caused by the pandemic. By Thursday afternoon, the city reported 453 Covid-19 cases, including four fatalities.  The Centre for Health Protection said Hong Kong’s annual flu