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HK posts new daily record of 8,674 Covid-19 cases, 24 deaths

24 February 2022

By The SUN


The mortality rate is 18x more for the unvaccinated, new data shows (File)

Health officials reported a new record-high 8,674 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, with 24 related deaths. The cases included three imported cases and 8,671 that were locally acquired.

Thirty carried the Delta variant, while 5,428 were likely Omicron cases. Another seven cases have yet to be determined, while 96 do not have enough viral load for genetic sequencing. 

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said data from the fifth wave of the outbreak showed that there is an 18 times difference in mortality between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.


For those over 80 years old, the difference in mortality rate between the two groups is four times, showing that even for this age group, vaccines greatly reduce the chances of death.

Dr Chuang said that as of yesterday, a total of 153 deaths have been reported in the fifth wave of which 90 involved residents of care homes, 61 aged over 70 and another 29 aged over 80. 

She said that more than 300 elderly homes across the city have been hit by Covid-19, and those involved are more than 300 workers and 900 residents.

Most of those who died were elderly people, and three were children.


Chuang said only seven of the first 102 deaths had received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, while the rest were unvaccinated or received the first jab only. 

She said the mortality rate of the fifth wave of the Covid-19 outbreak is about 0.3 percent, while the cumulative mortality rate of the first four outbreaks was 2.2 percent. 

Dr Lau Ka-hin from the Hospital Authority said that the 24 deaths reported today comprised 16 men and eight women aged 52 to 97. Among them, 15 were from elderly care homes. Six received two doses of a Covid vaccine, while one had one dose. 

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Three patients were aged below 60 years old, and all had chronic ailments.

One was 52 years old and had diabetes and kidney failure; the other was 58 and had a stroke and liver problems, while the last was 59 years old with diabetes and did not have any medical record and probably did not take any medication for his illness.

Dr Lau said more than 4,200 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized, of whom 24 are in critical condition, and 43 are in serious condition. 

Another 1,600 are isolated at Penny's Bay and 240 in Dorsett Tsuen Wan Hotel Hong Kong.

Dr Lau also announced that two more clinics have been added to previous seven which cater exclusively to Covid-19 patients with mild or no symptoms. These are the Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club Clinic and the Cheung Sha Wan Government Clinic.


So far, 6,300 patients had sought treatment at the clinics which started operating only on Wednesday.

CHP controller Dr Edwin Tsui said that from today, all those who received an SMS informing of their positive result will be sent a form to fill indicating where they are located, and the number of persons living with them.

They will also be sent tracking wristbands through a logistics company.

Dr Tsui said the government is still short of isolation facilities so only those who are seriously ill or belong to the high-risk groups will be taken to hospitals.

Those who have mild or no symptoms should self-isolate at home, and as much as possible stay in just one room and use their own toilet. If they must share, they should make sure the toilet is disinfected thoroughly after each use.


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