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11-month-old baby girl with coronavirus dies as 7,533 new cases reported

22 February 2022

By The SUN

The baby was intubated before she died of cardiac arrest at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

An 11-month-old baby girl became the youngest patient with Covid-19 to succumb in Hong Kong, doctors announced Monday. 

At the daily press briefing on the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection also reported 7,533 confirmed cases, a new record high.

According to Dr Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority, the baby was admitted at 4am on Feb 19 at Tseung Kwan O Hospital, suffering from fever and convulsions.  She tested positive at the hospital with a Ct value of 17, indicating a heavy viral load.


As her condition was deemed serious, she was intubated and transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital and given Remdisivir. 

Her condition deteriorated and she suffered cardiac arrest before passing away at 6:59pm yesterday.

Dr Lau said he believes the girl was infected by family members as her parents, grandmother caregiver and two older siblings aged eight all tested positive after undergoing rapid antigen tests.

But he said the immediate cause of death has yet to be established, so the case has been referred to the Coroner’s court.

This is the third death of a young patient to be recorded in Hong Kong since the start of the fifth wave of infections.

Last week, a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl who tested positive for Covid-19 died just days apart. The boy’s case has been referred to the coroner while the girl’s death has been attributed to the coronavirus.

Dr Lau said a dozen other patients aged up to 97 years old also passed away within the past 24 hours. He said most were elderly with chronic conditions, but did not have information on each case. They took the total death toll in public hospitals to 311.

Dr Lau said the baby might have been infected at home

In reporting the daily infection figure, Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said he expects the surge to continue, saying “we noticed that the number of cases is increasing very rapidly.”

But with the new and more stringent social distancing measures that are due to take effect this Thursday, he hopes the rate of infection will stabilize.

Asked why the CHP does not give any more data on preliminary positive cases Dr Au said they do not accurately reflect the number of those infected in the past 24 hours.


“So in terms of gauging the trend we refer to the positive and preliminary positive cases,” he said.

Yesterday, CHP’s chief Edwin Tsui said the trend showed as many as 10,000 people were infected on Saturday, while there were only 8,000 the previous day.

Of today’s infection, three were imported cases and the rest were all locally acquired.

Twenty of the patients carried the Delta variant while the rest either had Omicron or the test results were not in yet or could not be determined.


Dr Lau said 3,803 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals and three infection control centers.

A further 2,100 or so patients with no or mild symptoms are at Penny’s Bay Isolation Centre while more than 200 are at Tsuen Wan Dorsett isolation facility.

He also said that HA had started transferring patients from public to private hospitals for case management to free up space for serious cases or those with Covid-19. Among those to be transferred are patients who need immediate orthopedic surgery.

Although they will continue their treatment in private hospitals, they will still be charged public hospital fees.

In a press release issued after the case briefing, the CHP announced that a two-week flight ban was issued on KLM flight KL819 from Amsterdam, after one of its passengers on Feb 18 tested positive on arrival, and two others failed to comply with pre-boarding requirements.

Also banned was Scoot flight from Singapore, which racked up four passengers who tested positive on arrival within a seven-day period, from Feb 13 to 19.

The ban on both flights will run from Feb 21 to Mar 6.
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