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Covid tally again surges to 6,063 with 7,400 preliminary positive cases

19 February 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


People flock to testing centers as the govt continues its lockdowns and compulsory testing notices

Hong Kong posted 6,063 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 Saturday, with another 7,400 testing preliminary positive.

The figure is just slightly lower than the record tally of 6,611 confirmed cases posted on Thursday last week. So far, a total of 46,763 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Hong Kong.

Fifteen deaths were also reported, comprising 10 men and five women, aged 50 to 99 years old. As in most deaths recorded since the start of the fifth wave of the epidemic, most were unvaccinated.


According to the Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Center for Health Protection, a study showed that of the 46 deaths recorded since Dec 31 last year, only six patients were vaccinated. Three had three doses each of the Sinovac vaccine, one had two doses of BioNTech, and two had one dose each of Sinovac.

Of today’s confirmed cases, four were imported and 6,059 were locally acquired.

Twenty patients were found to carry the L452R mutant strain identified with the Delta variant, while 2,769 are likely carriers of the Omicron variant. Test results on the remaining 22 cases are either pending or the virus load was insufficient for testing.


Dr Chuang said 30 more homes for the elderly have reported Covid-19 infections among residents or staff, raising the total number of affected care homes to 190, involving about 120 staff and 450 residents.

She also apologized for the delay in reaching out to close contacts who are spending home isolation, but said auxiliary medical staff would soon contact them to distribute electronic wristbands and supplies they need for medical surveillance.

Dr Sara Ho from the Hospital Authority said a total of 3,312 patients are in the North Lantau Hospital Infection Control Centre, the HA Infectious Disease Centre, AsiaWorld Expo and public hospitals.

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In addition, there are about 2,400 patients with mild or no symptoms at Penny’s Bay Isolation Center, and 110 others at the Tsuen Wan Isolation Centre.

She said there are more than 10 patients in critical condition, aged 45 to 93 years old. There are “several dozens” others who are in serious condition.

HA says no more scenes like this as waiting patients have been moved inside hospitals (Reuters)

As promised yesterday, she said all patients waiting outside hospitals for admission have been moved inside. But the tents outside are still being used for triage and for tests.

Dr Ho again offered apologies for the long wait for hospital admission that forced many patients to wait for hours, even days, in open air amid the cold and rain.

“Please understand that the crisis is not over yet,” she said, adding the HA is exhausting all means to secure beds for patients.


Aside from cutting the hospital stay of patients who test negative after seven days, the HA is said to be actively looking for more isolation facilities, and has cut some non-emergency services so more staff can help look after the patients.

The effort to recruit private doctors for parttime work in public hospitals is also continuing. This morning, she said three private doctors messaged to offer their services through the dedicated WhatsApp number, 9788 8960, and by this afternoon they had already signed contracts..

“We hope with the facilitation of the process, more and more applicants will come and join our team,” she said.


Meanwhile, Dr Chuang said patients under home isolation could leave after 14 days if they test negative, even with the use of the rapid antigen test kits.

“They no longer have to notify us,” she said.

But to classify patients as confirmed cases, she said the CHP will still rely on PCR test results.

Dr Chuang said there is scientific evidence showing that patients who test negative after 10 to 14 days are no longer infectious.

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