24th 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, 24th January, the CHP was investigating 1,950 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 455 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (184 confirmed cases, 73 asymptomatic cases and 198 cases with pending status) and 1,495 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
Separately, 37 additional imported cases were reported, including five cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (three confirmed cases and two asymptomatic cases) and 32 cases that tested positive by RATs.
Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,213,386 and 1,648,926 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, 24th January, a total of 12,990 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 12,856 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 1, 203 death cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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 531,235, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January, 2022, were 418,566, 31 and 263,094 respectively.
As at yesterday, a total of 2,511 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalised for treatment. Among the hospitalised confirmed patients, 185 were new patients, 1,236 required isolation, 380 required oxygen therapy and 49 required ventilator support. There were 11 newly reported critical patients and 14 newly reported serious patients. There were a total of 130 patients in critical condition and 132 serious condition, of which 25 critical patients were receiving intensive care. Moreover, there were 191 patients who had recovered, including 104 patients who had been discharged. In addition, 36 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported. According to preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 18 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 18 patients was not.
The overall occupancy of medical beds in acute hospitals is around 88 per cent.