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HK posts 4th day of more than 1,000 Covid infections

18 June 2022

By The SUN


Health officials say younger people are getting infected after social distancing rules were eased

Hong Kong health officials reported 1,160 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, the fourth straight day that the daily tally has exceeded 1,000.

This is apart from the 116 imported cases confirmed on the same day.

Of the local cases, 436 were from PCR tests, of which 185 were confirmed asymptomatic. The remaining 724 were self-test results confirmed by authorities.


The total infection tally from the fifth wave now stands at 1,225,408.

No new death was reported so the fatality toll remains at 9,180.

Dr Albert Au of the Centre for Health Protection said two more people linked to an outbreak at the police anti-terrorism unit have been found infected, raising the tally so far to 22. The earliest case was reported last Sunday (Jun 12).

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Au said the officers might have become infected during physical training or meals at work. The equipment and gear used by the patients have already been disinfected.

So far, about 130 to 140 close contacts in the cluster have taken both PCR and rapid tests, and were found negative.

Au also said fewer elderly people are getting infected, compared to the peak of the fifth wave.

"About 54 percent of the cases reported in the past week or so were people aged between 20 and 49. The [proportion of] elderly people was around 18 percent," Au said.

He added the relaxation of social distancing rules must have allowed younger people to go out and mingle.

Two more schools reported new infections, and the affected class in each school has been ordered suspended for a week.


Greenfield English (International) Kindergarten in Lohas Park reported that one teacher and four students in class K3 had tested positive, while Evangel College’s class 1E in primary school had four infected students. 

Separately, 10 people linked to outbreaks at two elderly homes in Tsuen Wan and Fanling have been moved to a quarantine facility.

Dr Larry Lee of the Hospital Authority said 433 patients are confined at public hospitals and treatment facilities. They include 17 who are in critical condition and eight in serious condition.

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