28th 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 today, the CHP was investigating 7 188 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 1,489 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (786 confirmed cases, 606 asymptomatic cases and 97 cases with pending status) and 5,699 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
Separately, 605 additional imported cases were reported, comprising 540 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (95 confirmed cases, 416 asymptomatic cases and 29 cases with pending status) and 65 cases that tested positive by RATs. Among the additional imported cases, 396 of them involved samples at the airport, 165 involved samples during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 44 involved samples during Day 4 to Day 7.
Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1,048,602 and 1,053,286 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 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 19th to 25th November for verification testing of local cases, 0 per cent and about 74.5 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, 28th November, a total of 10,505 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since 31st December, 2021) were recorded, with 10,413 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 10,718 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, the total number of confirmed cases was 456,442, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since 1st January were 343,656, 31 and 246,444 respectively.
As at 0.00am today, a total of 2,721 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently hospitalised for treatment, including 322 new patients. Currently, there are 294 patients requiring oxygen therapy and 21 patients requiring ventilator support. Among the patients staying in isolation facilities, 616 patients are in isolation wards, 236 patients are in second-tier isolation wards and 575 patients are in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, of which 221 in total are new patients. There are nine newly reported critical patients and 12 newly reported serious patients. There are a total of 61 patients in critical condition and 67 are in serious condition, of which 16 critical patients are receiving intensive care. Moreover, there are 202 patients who have recovered, including 166 patients who have been discharged. In addition, 26 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported.
In the past week, there were 341 COVID-19 patients who reside in residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) admitted to hospitals. The number continues to be higher than the 299 and 241 RCHE COVID-19 patients admitted in the third and the second week of November respectively. The Hospital Authority (HA) is very concerned and will closely monitor the situation. The HA will keep close communication with relevant government departments and RCHEs so as to enhance medical support to RCHEs through the outreach teams.
n the fifth wave of the epidemic, there are 86 504 patients who have recovered so far, including 86,091 patients who have been discharged. And since early 2020, there are 98 884 patients who have recovered, including 98,471 patients who have been discharged.