Total daily COVID-19 cases in HK breach 5,000 mark, 3 more patients pass away today


4th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said at the daily 4.30pm media conference today that there were 247 imported cases and 4,773 local COVID-19 cases today of which 1,708 cases were detected during nucleic acid testing while 3,065 cases were recorded via rapid antigen tests and subsequently verified. 

Total daily cases recorded today reached 5,020.

Among the 247 imported cases, 120 cases were found at the airport while 102 cases were found at designated quarantine hotels. 25 cases were identified after the completion of 7-day quarantine at designated hotels. 47 arrived from U.K., 23 cases arrived from the United States, 13 arrived from Canada, 24 arrived from the Philippines, 15 arrived from Thailand, etc.

Some employees and residents tested positive for COVID-19 at 4 residential care homes for elderly and 2 residential care home for the handicapped.

367 new cases were reported in 286 schools since last Friday till this morning. They comprise 300 students and 67 teaching staff. 3 schools need to suspend classes for one week.

In addition, Dr. Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that 3 more deaths were reported today and they involved 2 men and 1 woman patients aged 75 – 94 years old. So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 9,314 COVID-19 related deaths. 2 of them have not completed 3 vaccination doses.

Dr. Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that around 1,515 patients were still being hospitalised. 7 new patients were in critical condition while 4 new patients were in serious condition. 27 of the existing patients are still in critical condition.

189 patients are still being hospitalised while 170 patients have been discharged. 2 new cases were detected during admission screening. 2 patients/employees in the same ward have been listed as close contacts.

Meanwhile, 26,330 employees under Hospital Authority have tested positive for COVID-19. 25,787 of them have returned to work after recovering.

A 94-year-old female patient at Wong Tai Sin Hospital tested positive for COVID-19. The female patient passed away this morning. 3 more female patients also tested positive.