An elderly man in Hong Kong died on Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, according to the city's Hospital Authority. This is the city's first death potentially linked to the virus in five months, as it struggles to deal with a worsening outbreak.

According to a source, Hong Kong is expected to report at least 1,160 new infections on Wednesday. Over the last two weeks, Hong Kong has recorded over 2,600 cases, compared to just two in December.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, the city has reported approximately 16,600 infections and 213 deaths, substantially lower totals than in other similar cities.

According to the Hospital Authority, the 73-year-old patient was chronically ill and had a preliminary positive test for COVID during hospital admission screening.

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It was unclear if his death would be categorised as Hong Kong's 214th COVID death because preliminary positive cases must undergo additional testing before being declared as positive.

On Tuesday, the Chinese territory revealed strict new coronavirus restrictions and a record number of new cases. Hong Kong has followed mainland China's "dynamic zero" strategy of suppressing all coronavirus outbreaks as soon as possible in order to eliminate the virus.

Carrie Lam, the city leader, said Hong Kong was not able to try to live with the virus like the rest of the world because more than half of the elderly have not been vaccinated.

From February 24, authorities will introduce a vaccine pass, requiring proof of vaccination to enter several places, including shopping malls and supermarkets.

At the same time, authorities have banned groups of more than two people from gathering, as well as closing schools, playgrounds, gyms, and most other venues. Restaurant dining is banned after 6 p.m., and private gatherings at home are also restricted.