Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed three additional novel coronavirus cases, bringing the city-wide total to 56.
The 54th confirmed case had a family gathering with the 52nd and 53rd case in January, said Chuang Shuk-Kwan of the Center for Health Protection at a Friday press conference.
The 55th case involves a 70-year-old woman who visited mainland China in January and is now in critical condition, while the 56th case is a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever and breathing problems on January 12. She was hospitalized on February 3.
Thirty-six suspected cases have been reported over the past 24 hours and 114 patients remain in hospital, according to Sarah Ho of the hospital authority.
Five confirmed cases are in critical condition and a further four are in a serious condition, added Ho. So far only one patient has been discharged.