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CE says 4-digit daily infection tally within expectation

17 June 2022

By The SUN 

CE Lam with her ministers for Lam Woon-kwong for labour and Sophia Chan for health (RTHK) 

Outgoing Chief Executive Carrie Lam has again called on the public to remain vigilant, with the daily Covid-19 cases rising above 1,000 in the past few days, but said the infection figure is not surprising.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, CE Lam said, "For the time being, I have to stress that this sort of upward cases, according to the experts, is not unexpected. Because we have almost returned to normalcy as far as social activities are concerned, so in a way this is not an alarm bell yet.”

However, she said the government will continue to monitor the situation.


She made her remarks just before health officials reported that 1,145 new coronavirus infections were found yesterday, the third day in a row that the daily infection tally had breached the four-digit mark.

Of the new cases, 1,014 were locally acquired while 131 were imported.

The CE said although the daily tally has risen significantly, most of the patients do not require hospitalization and the number of people in serious or critical condition remains stable.

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However, she said more testing will be done, and children who are in schools must continue to undergo daily rapid tests until the end of the school year this August.

In addition, staff at care homes will be required to undergo a PCR test every two weeks, on top of their daily rapid tests, starting on June 22. They will also be required to get a booster jab.

She again ruled out any tightening of social distancing measures but urged people to limit cross-family gatherings especially on Father’s Day this Sunday. She said that as a precaution, she has cancelled all her farewell meals.

Meanwhile, health authorities confirmed at today’s press briefing that 20 officers in the the police’s counter terrorism unit have contracted Covid.

But Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection did not elaborate, and only said the infected officers did not have frequent contact with the public.

Twenty elite police officers have come down with Covid-19

Au reported that of the new local cases, 379 were confirmed via PCR tests while the remaining 635 cases were self-reported rapid tests verified by authorities.

Of the 131 imported cases, 67 were detected at the airport, 54 at quarantine hotels and 10 post-quarantine.

The total tally from the fifth wave now stands at 1,211,501.


Au also noted that there were 145 new cases reported among 126 schools. They involve 102 students and 43 teachers in schools located in such districts as North Point, Tai Po and Mong Kok.

Also included among the new cases are four detected in different care homes, located in Fanling, Sheung Shui, Diamond Hill and Ngau Tau Kok.

Three workers at a construction site in Ho Man Tin also fell ill with Covid.

Dr Larry Lee of the Hospital Authority reported one related death involving a 58-year-old woman with nasopharyngeal cancer. She tested positive on admission to Queen Mary Hospital on Jun 10, but died after being transferred to Grantham Hospital.

Lee said that 412 Covid patients are being treated in public hospitals, and among them, 15 are in critical condition and 10 are in serious condition.

While most of the patients are in stable condition, he said the HA is not being complacent.

He said officials will be able to mobilise hospital beds and community treatment facilities within a short period of time if Hong Kong sees a surge in Covid infections.

The plans would allow the AsiaWorld-Expo community treatment centre to become operational within 72 hours, and the ward capacity of the HK Infection Control Centre to be increased in just 24 to 48 hours.

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