23rd November 2022 – (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, 23rd November, the CHP was investigating 7,374 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 1,825 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (896 confirmed cases, 779 asymptomatic cases and 150 cases with pending status) and 5,549 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
Separately, 611 additional imported cases were reported, comprising 544 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (120 confirmed cases, 385 asymptomatic cases and 39 cases with pending status) and 67 cases that tested positive by RATs. Among the additional imported cases, 361 of them involved samples at the airport, 174 involved samples during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 76 involved samples during Day 4 to Day 7.
Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,038,009 and 1,021,082 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. As of 0.00am, 23rd November, the DH’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) had identified 224 cases of sub-lineage XBB, six of XBD, eight of BA.2.75.2, seven of BA.4.6, 12 of BF.7 and 34 of BQ.1.1 among imported cases in Hong Kong, while 67 cases of sub-lineage XBB, 16 of XBD, one of BA.2.75.2, one of BF.7 and 76 of BQ.1.1 have also been detected among local cases.
Among the specimens received by the DH’s PHLSB during 14th to 20th November for verification testing of local cases, 0 per cent and about 78.6 per cent of them (seven-day moving average) are related to the sub-lineages BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5 (including suspected cases) of the Omicron mutant strain respectively.
In addition, as of 0.00am, 23rd November, a total of 10,421 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 10,331 and 86 deaths reported from the Hospital Authority and public mortuaries respectively as well as four deaths reported from private hospitals. Hong Kong has so far recorded a total of 10,634 death cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Another 11 patients passed away today.
Furthermore, among the earlier cases by nucleic acid tests reported, there were cases (including pending cases) that were changed to confirmed, asymptomatic or re-positive cases. As of yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases was 451,467, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January were 338,229, 31 and 245,913 respectively.