Daily COVID-19 cases in HK surge to 5,757 today, 4 new deaths reported

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17th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily 4.30pm media conference today that there were 194 imported cases and 5,563 local COVID-19 cases today of which 2,167 cases were detected during nucleic acid testing while 3,396 cases were recorded via rapid antigen tests and subsequently verified.  Total COVID-19 cases reported today reached 5,757.

Among the 194 imported cases, 89 cases were found at the airport while 54 cases were found at designated quarantine hotels and community isolation facilities. 38 cases were identified in the community between 4th and 7th days after arrivals. 13 cases were detected 7 days after arrival.

9 residents and 2 employees tested positive for COVID-19 at 3 residential care homes for elderly while 1 resident at 1 residential care home for the handicapped tested positive today.

74 cases were recorded at 48 schools today. Classes in 4 schools including American International School (Primary Branch) located in Kwun Tong, Sai Kung and Kowloon City respectively have been requested to suspend for one week due to cluster outbreaks.

In addition, Dr. Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that 4 more deaths were reported today involving 2 men and 2 women aged 52-96. 3 of them have not completed 3 doses of vaccination. One of them is a 52-year-old woman was not vaccinated and she had liver cancer. So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 9,371 COVID-19-related death cases.

Dr. Lau added that around 1,875 patients are still being hospitalised. 9 new patients are in critical condition while 9 new patients are in serious condition. 32 of the existing patients are still in critical condition and 33 of them are in serious condition while 10 of them are being treated at Intensive Care Units.

206 patients are still being hospitalised while 172 patients have been discharged. 4 new cases were detected during admission screening. 6 patients/employees in the same ward have been listed as close contacts.

Meanwhile, another 101 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 36 newly recovered employees have returned to work.

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