251 COVID-19 cases reported in HK, 99-year-old woman in Richland Gardens tests positive for Omicron  sub-lineage  BA.2.12.1


26th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health announced at 4.30pm today that there were 251 COVID-19 cases today comprising 111 confirmed via nucleic acid tests and 140 cases confirmed via Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) online declaration platform. 

36 of the cases were imported today. 23 of them were tested positive at temporary sampling stations at airport while 12 of the cases tested positive at designated quarantine hotels. 1 of them involves a 23-year-old man who received 3 vaccination shots and he tested positive on 8th day after arriving from Singapore. It is suspected to be a re-positive case. The patient has already entered the Mainland. The imported cases comprise 16 returnees from U.S., 5 passengers arriving from Singapore, 3 passenger arriving from U.K., 2 passenger arriving from Thailand, 2 passengers arriving from Taiwan. The others arrived from Italy, India, Philippines, Norway, U.A.E, Indonesia, Netherlands and Norway.

Among the 116 cases tested, there was no case that involved Delta variant. 96 cases involved Omicron variant and 20 cases could not be determined due to low viral load.

A 99-year-old local woman who lives in Richland Gardens tested positive for Omicron  sub-lineage  BA.2.12.1. Her genome sequencing result was similar to another woman who lives on a different floor in Richland Gardens. She visited Mcdonald’s in Cityplaza Phase 3 earlier.

A total of 1,198,707 COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the beginning of the fifth wave.

No new cases were found in residential care homes and 20 (13 students and 7 teaching staff) more new cases were recorded in 19 schools today (3 kindergartens, 8 primary schools and 7 high schools). 2 more students tested positive at St. Catherine International Kindergarten and Nursery. A total of 9 cases involving 8 students and 1 teacher were linked to St. Catherine International Kindergarten and Nursery so far.

A total of 9,161 patients have passed away since the beginning of fifth wave and 2 new deaths were reported by Health Authority yesterday. The gross mortality rate is still maintained at 0.764%.

Dr. Larry Lee from the Hospital Authority said that more than 447 patients were still being hospitalised. There were 55 more new patients admitted. 2 new patients were in critical condition but no new patients were in serious condition.

2 patients aged 67 and 87 passed away yesterday. More than 80 patients have recovered and 59 patients were discharged. 2 tested positive during admission screening and 2 close contacts were identified.

Meanwhile, 23,068 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 23,026 of them have returned to work after recovering.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lee said that starting from next Tuesday (31st), the special visiting arrangement will be expanded, including allowing 1 to 2 visits per week.