Daily COVID-19 cases increase to 5,308 today, 3 new deaths reported, unvaccinated 5-year-old girl tests positive at Tuen Mun Hospital


13th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily 4.30pm media conference today that there were 160 imported cases and 5,148 local COVID-19 cases today of which 1,839 cases were detected during nucleic acid testing while 3,309 cases were recorded via rapid antigen tests and subsequently verified.  Total COVID-19 cases reported today reached 5,308.

Among the 160 imported cases, 26 cases were found at the airport while 95 cases were found at designated quarantine hotels. 39 cases were identified after the completion of 7-day quarantine at designated hotels.

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

In addition, Dr. Gladys Kwan from the Hospital Authority said that 3 more deaths were reported today involving 3 women aged 85-91. None of them were from residential care homes. One of them was not vaccinated, another patient had 2 vaccination shots while the other patient completed 4 vaccination shots. All of them had chronic illnesses. So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 9,349 COVID-19-related death cases.

Dr. Kwan added that around 1,604 patients were still being hospitalised. 8 new patients are in critical condition while 8 new patients are in serious condition. 32 of the existing patients are still in critical condition and 25 of them are in serious condition while 11 of them are being treated at Intensive Care Units.

Meanwhile, a 5-year-and-9-month old girl tested positive and she was admitted to paediatric intensive care unit at Tuen Mun Hospital. The girl was not vaccinated.

178 patients are still being hospitalised while 144 patients have been discharged. 10 new cases were detected during admission screening. 15 patients/employees in the same ward have been listed as close contacts.

Meanwhile, another 53 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 24 newly recovered employees have returned to work.