22nd January 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am today, the CHP was investigating 2,676 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 638 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (185 confirmed cases, 118 asymptomatic cases and 335 cases with pending status) and 2,038 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
Separately, 61 additional imported cases were reported, including five cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (one confirmed case and four asymptomatic cases) and 56 cases that tested positive by RATs.
Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,212,431 and 1,645,623 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.
The CHP is continuing with epidemiological investigations of the cases.
The CHP has been closely monitoring the situation of positive cases involving mutant strains by genetic analysis.
In addition, as of 0.00am today, a total of 12,905 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 12,771 and 127 deaths reported from the Hospital Authority and public mortuaries respectively as well as seven deaths reported from private hospitals. Hong Kong has so far recorded a total of 13,118 death cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 37 more patients passed away in last 24 hours.
Furthermore, among the earlier cases by nucleic acid tests reported, there were cases (including pending cases) changed to confirmed, asymptomatic or re-positive cases. As at yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases was 530,848, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January, 2022, were 418,330, 31 and 262,579 respectively.