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HK’s Covid-19 tally may hit 2k soon, say officials

22 June 2022

By The SUN 

CHP says there is no sign of a decline in the number of infections

Health officials said Wednesday that they expect Hong Kong’s daily Covid-19 infection tally to reach 2,000 soon, as they reported 1,447 new cases, 124 of them imported.

Speaking at the daily press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said there has been noticeable increase in the number of infections in the past few days, and no sign of a decline.

"We expect the cases will be going up and may exceed 2,000 in the near future,” she said.


But the CHP expert reiterated there is still no cause for concern as the number of hospital admission, as well as severe cases and deaths, has been stable.

Of the local cases, 583 were confirmed from nucleic acid or PCR tests, while the remaining 740 were verified positive results from rapid antigen tests.

Among the 124 imported cases, 74 were detected at the airport.


The total infection tally has now exceeded 1.218 million while the death toll has risen to 9,183 after one more case was reported today.

A 64-year-old woman whose lung cancer had spread to her brain and spine succumbed to her illnesses yesterday at 7:30am.

A total of 509 patients are now receiving treatment in public hospitals and medical facilities. Among them, 15 are in critical condition and 10 are in serious condition.

Chuang also said 190 new cases were reported by 165 schools. They involved 159 students and 31 teachers.

Class 4D at Christian & Missionary Alliance Sun Kei Primary School in Ping Shek with 24 students has been suspended for a week after three pupils tested positive for the virus.

Other schools with classes that had already been suspended reported more infections. At St Stephen’s College, three more cases were found in a dormitory where six previous infections were detected in different rooms but on the same floor.

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At the Districts Business Welfare Association School (FDBWA) Szeto Ho Secondary School in Kwun Tong, class 2C reported two more cases while the basketball team at St. Francis Xavier's College had three more, pushing the total tally to 10.

Meanwhile, a government statement said the abnormal test results of 136 people who had been held at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) yesterday were being investigated.

Testing contractor Sunrise Diagnostic Centre had reported that the outbound travelers tested positive or indeterminate, and were thus not allowed to leave the city.



However, after the 136 test samples were forwarded to its central laboratory, only three tested positive while nine were indeterminate.

Sunrise Diagnostic said its laboratory at the border port might have been contaminated.

In response, the Department of Health has ordered the service provider to thoroughly disinfect the laboratory and its equipment immediately so it could resume operations today.

But it was also told to conduct a through investigation and submit a full investigation report to the DH within the week.


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