HK logs 9,952 COVID-19 cases today, 16 more patients pass away

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6th December 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, December 6, the CHP was investigating 9,227 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 2,357 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (1,216 confirmed cases, 947 asymptomatic cases and 194 cases with pending status) and 6,870 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.

Separately, 725 additional imported cases were reported, including 650 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (148 confirmed cases, 476 asymptomatic cases and 26 cases with pending status) and 75 cases that tested positive by RATs. Among the additional imported cases, 464 of them involved samples at the airport, 199 of them involved samples during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 62 involved samples during Day 4 to Day 7.

 Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,068,663 and 1,108,773 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, December 6, the DH’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) had identified 225 cases of sub-lineage XBB, six of XBD, eight of BA.2.75.2, seven of BA.4.6, 13 of BF.7 and 36 of BQ.1.1 among imported cases in Hong Kong, while 113 cases of sub-lineage XBB, 18 of XBD, one of BA.2.75.2, four of BF.7 and 123 of BQ.1.1 have also been detected among local cases.

Among the specimens received by the DH’s PHLSB during 27th November to 3rd December for verification testing of local cases, 0 per cent and about 68.98 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, 6th December, a total of 10,629 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 10,533 and 92 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 10,842 death cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 16 more patients passed away in public hospitals today.

 Furthermore, among the earlier cases by nucleic acid tests reported, there were cases (including pending cases) changed to confirmed, asymptomatic or re-positive cases. As at yesterday, the total number of confirmed cases was 465,145, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January were 353,326, 31 and 247,154 respectively.

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