2 boys hospitalised after being infected with COVID-19, another 3-year-old boy infected with Influenza A virus in critical condition, all existing anti-epidemic measures to be maintained


1st December 2022 – (Hong Kong) The daily COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong have breached the 10,000 mark today. Coupled with the attack of the flu virus, many children have been infected and admitted to the hospital. Dr. Siu Ka-ka deputy consultant doctor from Hong Kong West Cluster of the Hospital Authority, said during a media conference this afternoon that a 5-year-old boy was admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit yesterday because he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

In addition, a 22-month-old boy was also hospitalised due to the diagnosis. In addition, the authorities also received another 3-year-old boy who was infected with Influenza A virus yesterday and is in critical condition. The  3-year-old boy with good past health developed fever since 27th November and abdominal pain and vomiting since yesterday. He was sent yesterday to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was admitted for further management and was transferred to Hong Kong Children’s Hospital today. His respiratory specimen tested positive for influenza A (H3) virus upon laboratory testing. The clinical diagnosis was influenza A infection complicated with shock. He is now in critical condition.  Initial enquiries revealed that the patient had received seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) for this season and had no travel history during the incubation period. The CHP’s investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, Principal Medical & Health Officer (Epidemiology) Dr. Albert Au Ka-wing, said that the virus content of sewage monitoring began to rise rapidly in mid-November, and the increase was much higher in the past two days. The figures in the middle of the month show that there are many cases in the community. Dr. Au said that from 25th November to 1st December, there were an average of 8,882 confirmed cases per day, an increase of 8.4% from the previous week.

The number of hospitalisations has increased in the past week. Recently, 2,700 persons have been admitted to hospital, with an average of 340 new admissions per day. The number of admissions from nursing homes has also increased, accounting for 18.6%, which is a significant increase from 11% at the beginning of last month.

Also, existing social distancing measures including inbound quarantine measures will not be further relaxed. However, there will not be