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CHP warns of rise in imported cases as tourists start coming into HK

01 May 2022

By The SUN


Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan and Dr Lau Ka-hin give an update on the Covid situation

Health officials have reported 300 new Covid infections Sunday, a drop of about 60 from the previous day. They raised the total infection tally from the Omicron outbreak to 1.191 million.

Among them are 22 imported cases, and the Centre for Health Protection warned the number could go up after Hong Kong’s borders were opened to tourists.

CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said, "There would maybe [be] an increasing number of imported cases because of the increasing number of flights or passengers to Hong Kong," she said.


The imported cases include 14 passengers who arrived on Saturday and tested positive at the airport. One came via flight CX2819 and three on flight CX865 from Vancouver, one on CX881 from Los Angeles, two on SQ882 and five on SQ894 from Singapore, two on AI316 from Indonesia.

Under the relaxed flight suspension rules that took effect Sunday, at least one - flight SQ894 from Singapore - should have been suspended from flying in for five days, but the CHP did not make any such announcement.

The new rules raised the threshold for invoking the flight suspension – at least five passengers testing positive on arrival instead of the previous three – and cut the period of suspension from seven to five days.


Chuang said the city has so far detected 12 cases with Omicron sub-variants - two BA.5 variants, five BA.2.12.1, and five BA.2.12 cases.

She said the CHP had not seen any notable clinical symptoms from the infected patients, indicating the new Omicron strains may not be more severe or infectious than was previously feared.

But she said the CHP will continue to monitor any related announcements from the World Health Organization.


Meanwhile, Hospital Authority’s Dr Lau Ka-hin reported five more Covid-related deaths, including a 53-year-old woman who had a brain hemorrhage after fainting and bumping her head at home.

Lau said the woman, who had diabetes, was first taken to United Christian Hospital where a brain scan showed the bleeding in her brain. She was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she tested positive for Covid with a low viral load.

Her situation deteriorated until she died on Saturday.

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The number of fatalities from the Omicron outbreak has now gone up to 9,100 with the death rate at 0.76 percent.  

Separately, Lau announced that services at general out-patient clinics will partly resume as the pandemic continues to ease.

He said services will first resume in the evenings and on weekends, before the clinics that had been turned into designated Covid clinics are gradually converted back to providing general outpatient services.


Lau said the designated Covid clinics have served more than 120,000 patients to date, including 1,700 high-risk patients.

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