August 10, 2022
HONG KONG — Hong Kong on Tuesday recorded 4,045 new COVID-19 cases and three more elderly deaths, bringing the city’s death toll to 9,337 during the fifth wave.
The new infections included 262 imported cases and 3,783 local infections, Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Center for Health Protection’s Communicable Diseases Division, said at a news conference.
The new infections included 262 imported cases and 3.83 local infections, said Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Center for Health Protection’s Communicable Diseases Division
Tuesday’s number nearly matches the 4,040 cases reported Monday.
“There are many chains of transmission in the community. Omicron is highly transferrable,” Chuang said.
She said infections with the Omicron subvariants BA.4 or BA.5 accounted for 12 percent of new infections.
Of the 262 imported cases, 140 were detected during airport screening, 94 in quarantine hotels and 28 after quarantine, Chuang said.
38 were from the United Kingdom, 35 from India, 27 from the United States, 23 from the Philippines, 15 from France, 13 from Singapore and 12 from Thailand. The rest came from 40 other countries.
Chuang said 280 schools had reported that 330 students and 71 teachers were infected. Eight schools in Sham Shui Po, Wong Tai Sin, Tung Chung, Yuen Long, Kowloon Tong, Kwun Tong, Tai Po and Sha Tin had to suspend some in-person classes for a week after cases were discovered, but there have been no major outbreaks.
She added that three care homes for the elderly and people with disabilities had new infections.
Gladys Kwan, the hospital board’s chief manager (clinical effectiveness and technology management), said the three reported deaths involved two men and one woman, aged 87 to 93.
They had underlying conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and two of them did not receive a single coronavirus vaccine, Kwan said.
She added that 1,546 COVID patients were being treated in public hospitals, including 195 new patients. Twenty-seven were in critical condition, including eight in intensive care, while 21 were in serious condition.
Virus restrictions extended to August 24th
In a separate statement, the government announced that existing social distancing measures would be extended until August 24.
It noted that Hong Kong’s daily new case count remains high at four-digit numbers, with the total number of hospitalized patients consistently exceeding 1,000, with no sign of a steady downward trend.
All catering and planned premises are allowed to continue operating in strict compliance with requirements, including the use of vaccination records and the LeaveHomeSafe app.
Other requirements such as the wearing of masks by citizens in modes of transport and certain public places as well as the ban on group gatherings in public places remain in force.