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Covid tally hits 1M mark, deaths go past 5k

18 March 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


The daily infection rate has gone down but is still over 20,000

The total number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Omicron-fueled fifth wave has gone past the one million mark Friday, with deaths also rising to beyond 5000.

The updated figures were announced today by Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection, who reported a daily infection tally of 20,082 which was slightly lower than the previous day’s 21,650.

The day’s total included 7,966 detected from PCR tests and 12,116 from rapid antigen tests. Three were imported cases, involving two travelers from Vietnam and one from Indonesia.


They took Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally to 1,004,313.

A total number of 259 deaths in public hospitals were reported along with six who died at home and were tested positive for Covid-19 at the morgue.

Including these, the death toll from the fifth wave has now risen to 5,188 for a death rate of 0.5%.

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Among the recorded fatalities were 21 who died outside of hospitals. Dr Chuang was quick to add that the deaths were not all due to Covid-19 but the deceased were infected with the virus when they died.

The patients were aged 11 months to 112 years old, with 85 as the median age. An overwhelming majority, or 95.4% of the deaths were aged 60 and above.

Among those who died, 89% were not vaccinated.


Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said the newly recorded deaths included 206 who passed on Thursday and an additional 53 cases which happened between Mar 1 and 16 and were not reported on time.

The latest cases included 122 males and 84 females aged 25 to 106 years old. All of the fatalities below 65 years old, including the youngest, had pre-existing chronic illnesses like cancer, renal failure and heart disease.

The 53 additional deaths involved 30 males and 23 females aged 62 to 103 years old.

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As of the latest records 10,533 patients are currently being treated in public hospitals and the community isolation and treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Of these patients, 65 are in critical condition and 115 are in serious condition. There are 115 patients in intensive care.

Undersecretary for Food and Health Dr Chui Tak-yi said the Omicron-fueled fifth wave has been going on for more than two months now.


The number of infections has exceeded capacity, so the government had to expand services and build more facilities for the sick.

Among these were the five new isolation centers that opened recently and three similar facilities for the elderly who are recovering but still need to be looked after.

Chui thanked the Mainland government for sending medical personnel to provide much-needed assistance to HA staff who are tending to the thousands who are in public hospitals.

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