HK logs 4,602 COVID-19 cases today, 3 of the 4 newly deceased elderly patients fully vaccinated

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6th 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 280 imported cases and 4,322 local COVID-19 cases today of which 1,468 cases were detected during nucleic acid testing while 2,854 cases were recorded via rapid antigen tests and subsequently verified. 

Total daily cases recorded today reached 4,602.

Among the 280 imported cases, 120 cases were found at the airport while 126 cases were found at designated quarantine hotels. 35 cases were identified after the completion of 7-day quarantine at designated hotels. 46 arrived from U.K., 32 cases arrived from the United States, 16 arrived from the Philippines, 19 arrived from India, 16 arrived from Singapore, 15 arrived from Thailand etc.

2 residents and 1 employee tested positive for COVID-19 at 3 residential care homes for elderly while 3 residents at 3 respective residential care homes for the handicapped also tested positive.

Two schools need to suspend classes for one week.

In addition, Dr. Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that 4 more deaths were reported today and they involved male patients aged 72 – 93 years old. One of them was from residential care home. 1 of them was not vaccinated while 3 of them were fully vaccinated. All of them had chronic illnesses. So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 9,322 COVID-19 related deaths.

Dr. Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that around 1,467 patients were still being hospitalised. 2 new patients were in critical condition while 6 new patients were in serious condition. 28 of the existing patients are still in critical condition and 16 of them are in serious condition. 7 of them are still being treated in Intensive Care Unit.

208 patients are still being hospitalised while 178 patients have been discharged. 3 new cases were detected during admission screening. 4 patients/employees in the same ward have been listed as close contacts.

Meanwhile, 26,454 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 25,897 of them have returned to work after recovering.

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