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HK's infection tally shoots up to nearly 1m after RAT results update

16 March 2022

by Daisy CL Mandap

Tsui shows the infection graph- the green bar is for PCR, orange is for RAT results

Almost one million people have been infected with Covid-19 so far, according to the updated results reported by the Centre for Health Protection today, Mar 16.

CHP controller Edwin Tsui announced for the first time the 184,390 positive results from the rapid antigen tests taken between Feb 26 and Mar 5, and were reported to a government platform subsequently.

Added to the previously reported results, the total infection tally now stands at 962,581.


Patients who tested positive for RAT earlier were given a week, or from Mar 7 to 14, to report their infections. They were given another 24 hours, or up midnight last given, to upload photos of their HKID cards and positive results onto the platform.

The updated overall figure included the 29,272 newly confirmed cases reported today, of which 14,454 came from PCR tests and the remaining 14,818 from RAT.

Tsui said the case surge began on Feb 17, and reached its peak between Mar 2 and 3 when about 70,000 cases (including the RAT results) were confirmed each day.

He said the numbers peaked on March 3, when almost 77,000 were recorded via both PCR and rapid tests. The figures began to decline afterwards, and from Mar 10, the daily tally has been below 30,000.


CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said that today’s infection figure included 11 imported cases involving patients who flew in from Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.

The number of reported deaths has continued to climb at a daily rate of just under 300. The total tally reported today was 278, which included 217 that occurred Tuesday and 61 that were not reported on time.

Chuang said more than 4,600 Covid patients have died in the Omicron-fueled fifth wave of the pandemic. In the earlier waves that began more than two years ago

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, the total number of fatalities was around 500.

Yesterday’s deaths included a 53-year-old male patient who died at home. He suffered from renal failure and had been undergoing dialysis.

So far, Chuang said 15 Covid-19 patients had died at home in the fifth wave. 

Two elderly patients who turned seriously ill at AWE isolation facility died this morning (File) 

Separately, Dr Lau Ka-hin reported that two elderly patients being cared for at an isolation facility at AsiaWorld-Expo had died after being transferred to the North Lantau Hospital earlier today.

The female patients aged 90 and 92 years old, were reportedly transferred to North Lantau at about 8am today in serious condition. They subsequently died at 9:09am and 9:16am, respectively. Both were unvaccinated.

As of the latest figure, 10,760 patients were receiving treatment at public hospitals and the AWE isolation facility. Among them, 81 are in critical condition, 138 in serious condition and 119 are receiving treatment at intensive care units.


Of those who passed away yesterday, 124 were males and 93 were females, aged from 35 to 105 years old. They included 125 who came from residential care homes. Those who did not  have a single vaccine dose numbered 151, 41 had a vaccine shot, 21 had two shots and 4 had 3 shots.

The youngest, who was 35 had cancer and hepatitis. Seven other patients who were aged below 60 years old all had chronic or serious illnesses like brain hemorrhage, colon and nasopharyngeal cancer, as well as epilepsy.

The 61 death cases that were not reported on time included 34 males and 27 females aged 42 to 101.

Lau said 1,058 patients had recovered and were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours.

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