19th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Albert Au from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health announced at 4.30pm today that there were 291 COVID-19 cases today comprising 116 confirmed via nucleic acid tests and 175 cases confirmed via Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) online declaration platform. 38 of the cases were imported today. 22 tested positive at temporary sampling station at the airport. 14 of them tested positive at designated quarantine hotels. They arrived from U.S. (14 cases), Taiwan (6 cases), Thailand (4 cases), Thailand (4 cases), Canada (3 cases), U.K. (2 cases). Passengers also arrived from Mexico, Israel, Norway, Sweden, U.A.E., Malaysia and India respectively.
A total of 1,197,057 COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the beginning of the fifth wave.
Among the newly 116 confirmed cases via nucleic acid tests today, 22 were confirmed by the Hospital Authority, another 28 were confirmed by the Public Health Laboratory Service of the Department of Health and the remaining 66 were directly confirmed by private laboratories or community testing centres.
Among the 91 cases tested, there was no case that involved Delta variant. 82 of the cases involved Omicron variant while 9 cases could not be ascertained due to low viral load.
A 27-year-woman vaccinated with 3 doses arrived from U.K. on 15th May from South Africa via Singapore. She developed symptoms on 15th May and tested positive for Omicron sub-lineage BA.4. A total of 9 cases involving Omicron sub-lineage BA.4 have been found in Hong Kong so far. 11 (5 men and 6 women) more passengers have tested positive for Omicron sub-lineage BA.2.12.1 during genome sequencing.
No new cases were found in residential care homes today.
A total of 17 positive cases were found at 16 schools today involving 15 students and 2 teaching staff.
A total of 9,153 patients have passed away since the beginning of fifth wave and 1 new death was reported by Health Authority yesterday. The gross mortality rate is still maintained at 0.765%.
One more new cluster outbreak was discovered at TamJai SamGor Mixian restaurant at 336-338, Queen’s Road Central. 5 (3 men and 2 women aged 26-57) fully vaccinated diners who visited the restaurant on 13th May between 4.28pm – 6.30pm tested positive. 4 of them went to the same school at Benchmark Trainings at 13/F, West Exchange Tower, 322 Des Voeux Rd Central, Sheung Wan between 11th and 15th May from 11am to 11pm. There were 40 of them in the same class. Compulsory testing notices will be issued to those attended the restaurant and the school.
3 more cases were linked to Imperial Kitchen (HK) Limited in Kwun Tong. They were discovered during nucleic acid testing on 17th and 18th May. In total, 29 cases have been established.
3 more cases involving diners were linked to the cluster outbreak at Sky Cuisine in Sheung Wan. 73 cases in total (62 diners and 11 employees) have been detected.
Dr. Lau Kai-hin from the Hospital Authority said that more than 601 patients were still being hospitalised. 69 patients were newly admitted. 1 of them was in critical condition and 3 were in serious condition.
1 more 91-year-old female patient from residential care home for the elderly passed away yesterday. She was unvaccinated.
Another 105 patients have recovered and 74 patients were discharged.
Meanwhile, 1 patient tested positive during admission screening today. 1 other patient in the same ward was listed as close contact.
Meanwhile, 22,979 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 22,851 of them have returned to work after recovering.