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No going back to fifth wave peak, says health official

19 June 2022

By The SUN 

The infection tally will not rise to the numbers seen at the peak of the 5th wave, says CHP

Health officials reported a total of 1,276 new Covid-19 infections Sunday, of which 115 were imported cases.

While the total caseload has surged past the four-digit mark for the past five days, Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said it is not likely that it would return to the peak of the fifth wave in February and March this year.

"There is no evidence supporting an exponential increase, unlike what we have seen in late February and March, where the number [of cases] had doubled in two or three days,” said Au.


“We do have an increase, but it is a gradual one.”

Among the 1,161 cases that were locally transmitted, 416 were confirmed via PCR tests and the remaining 745 were verified positive rapid test results.

Of the 115 imported cases 54 detected at the airport, 46 at quarantine hotels and 15 post-quarantine.


Au said the tally from the fifth wave of infections has now exceeded 1.214 million.

Two more patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, raising the tally to 9,182.

One more case was reported from the outbreak at the police anti-terrorism unit, which took the tally from the cluster to 23.

Au said investigations showed that the officers likely caught the virus during outdoor training, and while having meals in their cars when they had to take off their masks.

Three more residential care homes have reported four new infections, involving three staff and one resident.

As there were no classes, no new cases were reported from schools.



Genome sequencing showed 14 more patients were infected with the Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1. One of the cases is imported while six of the local cases were of unknown sources.

There are now a total of 250 local cases involving this sub-variant, which is believed to have been spread in the community by a couple from the United States who were infected at their quarantine hotel.

Another nine cases were found to carry the Omicron sub-variant BA.4 or BA.5, and four of them were imported.

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