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Infection and death tallies dip ahead of holiday

04 April 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Infections dropped further ahead of the Ching Ming holiday

Hong Kong’s infection tally has eased slightly, with the confirmed number of Covid-19 cases dropping to 3,138 for the day, 571 fewer than yesterday.

And for the first time since the Omicron surge in early March, the death toll fell below 100. The number of patients who passed away in public hospitals in the past 24 hours dropped to 77, while the late-reported cases fell to 13.

Despite the drop in infection numbers, officials have advised residents to avoid gathering during tomorrow’s Ching Ming holiday to prevent a rebound in cases.

Of today’s newly confirmed cases, 12 were imported from overseas, including 10 who tested positive on arrival.


Korean Air flight KE607 which arrived from Seoul late on Apr 2 has been suspended from flying to Hong Kong for a week after three of its passengers tested positive on arrival. One of them was an air crew while the two others were passengers.

The seven others who were found infected on arrival on Apr 3 included passengers from the Philippines, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Spain and Ireland; and a crew member from Germany.


Two other passengers from Germany and Singapore tested positive for the virus in their quarantine hotels.

Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said that the easing of infections is also seen in the decline in positive cases from locked-down residential blocks.

Recent tests conducted at buildings that had been sealed off showed that the infection rate has now fallen to between 2 and 3%, compared with more than 10% from three weeks ago.

He appealed to resident to heed the government’s advice to do self-testing for Covid-19 for three consecutive days starting on Friday, to help authorities identify silent carriers and stop the transmission of the virus in the community.

Residents are advised to self-test from Friday using the test kits distributed by officials

Au said that with the additional 90 deaths recorded today, the death toll from the fifth wave has risen to 8,049. The death rate remains steady at 0.69 percent.

Dr Lau Ka-hin of the Hospital Authority said that the 77 deaths recorded yesterday included 47 men and 30 women aged between 41 and 99.

The youngest fatality had diabetes, hypertension and was obese. He had an abscess on his buttock that had to be operated on to remove pus. When he was taken to hospital he complained of breathing difficulty, before being tested positive for Covid-19.


After surgery his blood pressure dropped and his condition deteriorated. He died yesterday.

Another notable case involved a 51-year-old patient who was admitted to hospital on Mar 8 because of kidney failure. He was also coughing but tested negative on rapid test. On admission, however, a PCR test showed he was infected.

He was discharged on Mar 15 after recovery. However, he fainted at home yesterday, and attempts to resuscitate him failed. His case has been referred to the coroner for further investigation.

Among the latest fatalities, 26 were residents of care home, 65 were aged 65 and above, and 62 were not fully vaccinated. 

Lau also reported eight other people with Covid-19, aged 73 to 101, who died between Mar 2 and Apr 3 and whose deaths were not reported on time. Five other patients tested positive at the morgue.

A total of 1,069 patients are being treated in public hospitals and community treatment facilities. Among them, 75 are critical and are in intensive care, while 19 are in serious condition.

Yesterday a total of 382 patients who had recovered were discharged from various hospitals and treatment facilities.


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