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19 schools report positive Covid results as caseload steady

25 April 2022

By The SUN 

Chuang says no Covid outbreak in schools has been detected

The Centre for Health Protection reported 431 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, two more  than on the previous day.

According to CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, among the new cases were 19 involving students and teachers, who are all required to present a negative result for a Covid-19 test before being allowed into schools.

The schools reported a case each, including five confirmed by PCR tests and 14 through rapid antigen tests.


Among those who took a self-test, eight were confirmed on Monday, four on Sunday and two last Saturday. Five of them were due to return to school today while five were in class last week.

Chuang said it's believed the patients contracted the virus in the community rather than on campus.

She said that none of the schools has reported any outbreak and the infected people had not gone to school after testing positive. In this case, officials will just have to continue observing the situation.


Of the infections 16 were imported from overseas, including a returning resident who tested positive 12 days after arriving from Nepal.

The patient who had two doses of a Covid vaccine in April last year, was confirmed positive in Nepal on Feb 1.

He arrived in Hong Kong on Apr 12 and after 12 days with no symptoms he tested positive with no symptoms and a Ct value between 19 and 27, indicating a high viral load.

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Authorities will carry out genetic sequencing to determine if the case is imported or whether it is a re-positive one.

Of the 16 imported cases, 11 tested positive on arrival, and five during the seven-day hotel quarantine. The patients flew in from Taiwan, Singapore and Qatar.

The newly confirmed cases took Hong Kong’s total tally from the Omicron outbreak to 1.189 million, with 9,054 related deaths.


Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said 11 additional deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours, involving five men and six women aged 72 to 95.

Six of them were residents of elderly care homes, and six had no record of vaccination.

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