6 new imported COVID-19 cases including 2 from U.K and 2 from the Philippines reported in HK today


16th October 2021 – (Hong Kong)      ​The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced that as of 0.00am today, the CHP was investigating six additional confirmed COVID-19 cases taking the number of cases to 12,292 in Hong Kong so far (comprising 12,291 confirmed cases and one probable case).

The newly reported cases are imported cases. Five cases involved mutant strains while the mutation test result of the remaining case is pending. The patients comprise four females and two males, aged 33 to 55. All of them arrived in Hong Kong from Group A specified places (high-risk). Among them, Case No. 12292 tested positive during self-isolation at home after arrival under the relevant arrangement for exempted persons. Three of the other cases tested positive during the “test-and-hold” arrangement upon arrival at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre at Hong Kong International Airport and the remaining two patients tested positive during quarantine at the designated quarantine facilities (Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre and Silka Tsuen Wan).

A total of 64 cases have been reported in the past 14 days eincluding a local case with unknown sources, while the rest are imported cases.

 As at 9am today, eight COVID-19 confirmed patients (case numbers: 12221, 12222, 12250, 12251, 12252, 12254, 12255, and 12273) were discharged from hospital in the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 11,988 patients with confirmed or probable infection have been discharged.

At present, there are 568 negative pressure rooms in public hospitals with 1,040 negative pressure beds activated. A total of 49 confirmed patients are currently hospitalised in eight public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and all of them are in stable condition.