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14 students and 1 teacher test positive for Covid as schools reopen

19 April 2022

By The SUN


Today's press briefing was led by CHP controller Dr Tsui (2nd from left)

A total of 600 coronavirus cases were confirmed Tuesday, including 14 students and one teacher who tested positive on rapid antigen tests ahead of the resumption of face-to-face classes.

Dr Edwin Tsui, controller of the Centre for Health Protection said two primary schools reported having one student each who tested positive, while 12 students and one teacher in international schools were also found infected.

Starting today, students and school staff are required to undergo rapid tests before entering the campus each day. Tsui said those who test positive should not attend school and isolate, whether at home or at a community facility.


He also disclosed that the government has launched a registration system for recovered patients so they can download a QR code that will serve as their vaccine pass for six months after recovery.

Within this period, the patient should get a new vaccine dose depending on experts’ recommendation, which could be between 30 and 150 days after recovery.


Among the newly confirmed cases, 320 were confirmed through PCR tests while 280 were reported by residents who conducted rapid self-tests.

Eleven of the cases were imported, including five detected on arrival at the airport and one involving a 15-year-old boy who tested positive 12 days after arriving from Australia.

CHP’s Dr Albert Au said the boy had a low viral load, indicating it could be a re-positive case.


Health authorities suspended a SCOOT flight from Singapore from one week starting today, after two of its passengers tested positive on arrival in Hong Kong yesterday, while one patient did not comply with pre-boarding requirements.

The total death toll from the fifth wave of the infection now stands at 1.18 million, with 8,963 related deaths.


Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority said 17 additional deaths were reported today, including 16 patients who passed away yesterday. One other death involving a 72-year-old man was not reported on time.

The youngest patient was a 33-year-old man who had a history of drug abuse and severe autoimmune deficiency. He was admitted to hospital with fever, diarrhea and low blood pressure, and after receiving treatment in intensive care, passed away Monday.


Ho said 8,438 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals and infection control centres. Among them 50 are in intensive care, including four deemed critical today, while two others are in serious condition.

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