28th 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 270 COVID-19 cases today comprising 116 confirmed via nucleic acid tests and 154 cases confirmed via Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) online declaration platform.
Among the newly confirmed cases today, 15 were confirmed by the Hospital Authority, another 24 were confirmed by the Public Health Laboratory Service of the Department of Health and the remaining 77 were directly confirmed by private laboratories or community testing centres.
31 of the cases were imported today. 16 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 tested re-positive in the community after returning from Philippines 15 days earlier. He is a 30-year-old man who received 3 vaccination shots. Among the imported cases, 9 arrived from U.S., 3 arrived from Singapore, 3 arrived from Netherlands, 2 arrived from Germany, 2 arrived from U.K., 2 arrived from Australia, 2 arrived from Thailand. The others arrived from Vietnam, France, Indonesia, Taiwan, Philippines, Pakistan, Italy and India respectively.
A 36-year-old local cargo crew member who returned from India earlier has been confirmed as a local Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.2 carrier. 2 more newly imported cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.4 have been reported. So far, a total of 14 cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.4 have been reported so far.
8 more imported cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.5 were detected yesterday. So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 11 cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.5. 9 more imported cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12.1 were recorded yesterday. 72 cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12.1 have been recorded in total. In addition, 2 more imported cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12 were recorded yesterday.
A total of 1,199,227 COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the beginning of the fifth wave.
A cluster outbreak occurred at Zentral club, 4-5/F.,California Tower, 32 D‘Aguilar Street, Central. A total of 11 new cases were recorded. The patients involved 6 men and 5 women aged between 17 and 29. They visited the club between 11pm on 21st May and 5am on 22nd May. 9 of them had 2 vaccination shots while 2 of them received 3 vaccination shots. Zentral will be included in the latest compulsory testing notice. 1 of them involved a 23-year-old part-time male basketball coach at Pok Oi Hospital Tang Pui King Memorial College. 6 students in his training class tested positive. There were more than 24 others who were listed as close contacts.
Electrical and Mechanical Services Department staff found that the contaminated air from Room 2835 occupied by patient zero had leaked into the corridor on the 28th floor of Courtyard Marriot in Sha Tin resulting in the infection of the 32-year-old man stayed in the next room.
1 new COVID-19 case involving an employee was found in residential care home for the handicapped. 24 others in the residential care home have been classified as close contacts.
The environmental samples at the staff canteen at HKCEC tested negative and no more new cases were found today.
1 more student at Delia School of Canada (DSC) tested positive. All environmental samples at DSC have tested negative so far.
A total of 9,163 patients have passed away since the beginning of fifth wave and 1 new death was 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 432 patients were still being hospitalised. 2 new patients were in critical condition and 8 patients were still in serious condition.
A 77-year-old man who received 2 doses of Comirnaty vaccination passed away yesterday. More than 61 patients have recovered and 42 patients were discharged. 2 new cases were detected during admission screening.
Meanwhile, 23,219 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 23,183 of them have returned to work after recovering.