26th November 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (November 26) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am today, the CHP was investigating 8,365 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 1,614 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (818 confirmed cases, 579 asymptomatic cases and 217 cases with pending status) and 6,751 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
Separately, 509 additional imported cases were reported, comprising 423 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (67 confirmed cases, 316 asymptomatic cases and 40 cases with pending status) and 86 cases that tested positive by RATs. Among the additional imported cases, 278 of them involved samples at the airport, 168 involved samples during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 63 involved samples during Day 4 to Day 7.
Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,044,576 and 1,041,486 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.
The CHP has been closely monitoring the situation of positive cases involving mutant strains by genetic analysis. As of 0.00am today, 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 80 cases of sub-lineage XBB, 16 of XBD, one of BA.2.75.2, two of BF.7 and 102 of BQ.1.1 have also been detected among local cases.
Among the specimens received by the DH’s PHLSB during 17th to 23rd November for verification testing of local cases, 0 per cent and about 75.3 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 today, a total of 10,459 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 10 367 and 88 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 10,672 death cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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 (November 25), the total number of confirmed cases was 454 548, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January were 341,738, 31 and 246,222 respectively.
As at 0.00am today, a total of 2,625 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently hospitalised for treatment, including 347 new patients. Currently, there are 275 patients requiring oxygen therapy and 18 patients requiring ventilator support. Among the patients staying in isolation facilities, 638 patients are in isolation wards, 218 patients are in second-tier isolation wards and 571 patients are in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, of which 252 in total are new patients. There are 10 newly reported critical patients and 16 newly reported serious patients. There are a total of 57 patients in critical condition and 60 are in serious condition, of which 15 critical patients are receiving intensive care. Moreover, there are 331 patients who have recovered, including 282 patients who have been discharged. In addition, nine patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported.
In the fifth wave of the epidemic, there are 86,018 patients who have recovered so far, including 85,608 patients who have been discharged. And since early 2020, there are 98,398 patients who have recovered, including 97 988 patients who have been discharged.