21st September 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said that there were 146 imported cases and 5,541 local COVID-19 cases today of which 1,586 cases were detected during nucleic acid testing while 3955 cases were recorded via rapid antigen tests (RAT) and subsequently verified. Total COVID-19 cases reported today reached 5,687.
Among the 146 imported cases, 36 cases were found at the airport while 63 cases were found at designated quarantine hotels or community isolation facilities between 1st day and 3rd day after arrival. 42 cases were identified between 4th day and 7th day after arrival while 5 cases were identified in the community after 7 days of arrival. More than 10 cases respectively were recorded from 4 countries including 19 from U.K., 16 cases from Thailand, 14 from the Philippines, etc.
Meanwhile, 5 residents tested positive at 2 residential care homes for elderly and 2 residential care homes for the handicapped. 39 residents in total have been listed as close contacts.
760 new cases were reported at 526 schools involving 105 kindergartens, 222 primary schools, 186 high schools and 13 special schools. A total of 647 students and 113 teaching staff were infected. In addition, classes at 10 schools have been ordered to suspend for one week.
Dr.Chuang said that total cases involving Omicron variant BA.5 in the community have increased to 78%.
In addition, Dr. Gladys Kwan from the Hospital Authority said that 9 more deaths were reported today involving 7 men and 2 women aged 66 – 92. 7 of them did not receive 3 vaccination shots. Most of them had chronic illnesses. So far, 9,704 cases have passed away in total during the fifth wave.
Dr. Kwan said that around 2,402 patients are still being hospitalised. 6 new patients are in critical condition while 7 new patients are in serious condition. 54 of the total patients are in critical condition, 46 of the total patients are in serious condition and 18 of the existing patients in critical condition are being treated in ICU. A 2-year-old boy with no underlying illnesses received one dose of vaccination against COVID-19 earlier. He developed cough, fever and flu after being tested positive for COVID-19. He was subsequently admitted to paediatric intensive care unit and is still in critical condition. He was diagnosed with acute necrotising encephalopathy, a rare type of brain disease (encephalopathy) that occurs following a viral infection such as the flu.
359 patients have recovered while 316 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours.