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More infectious Omicron sub-variant only causes mild symptoms, says health official

08 June 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap


Chuang says the BA.2.12.1 sub-variant only causes mild symptoms

Health officials reported 558 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, including 63 brought in from overseas. They took the total tally from the fifth wave to 1,203,596.

No new Covid-related deaths were reported, so the overall toll from the Omicron wave remains at 9,176.

The new cases comprised 257 confirmed via PCR tests and 301 self-reported rapid test results which for the time, have been confirmed beforehand in laboratories.  


Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection said at today's press conference that most of the confirmed rapid test results were reported to the government platform two days ago.

Chuang also said 14 new cases of the BA.2.12.1 Omicron sub-variant have been detected, raising the total tally to 112, with 51 of them acquired locally.

She said that while cases abroad showed the sub-variant to be highly transmissible, it does not seem to result in serious symptoms.

"We have seen around a dozen transmission chains in the community that involve the Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant," she said.

"The symptoms of all of the cases are mild, which is similar to BA.2.2. We also haven't seen serious cases. Overseas experiences have told us that the subvariant is more transmissible but not much difference in terms of its seriousness.”

Of the new local cases involving the sub-variant, a number were untraceable, including that of a 52-year-old woman who lives in the same building in Taikoo Shing as an earlier patient, three members of a family that lives in Tai Ping estate in Sheung Shui, and a 46-year-old woman who lives in Tseung Kwan O.


Six other cases could be linked, Chuang said. They include four family members living at Island Garden in Chai Wan, and two people who dined separately but at about the same time on Jun 1 at Ashima Yunnan restaurant in Cityplaza 2 in Taikoo Shing.

Two customers of this restaurant in Cityplaza tested positive for the Omicron sub-variant

Among the 63 imported cases, 16 were detected at the airport, 38 at quarantine hotels and nine post-isolation.

A total of 94 cases were reported by 87 schools, involving 61 students and 33 teachers and staff. Fifty-four were tested positive today, while the remaining 40 were from yesterday.

Among the schools affected is the Singaporean International School, which has been closed for two days for disinfection after two students and a staff tested positive.

Two more cases were linked to Funful English Primary School in Kowloon Tong and another one to the international section of the Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School in North Point, where the affected classes have already been suspended for a week.

Two Central bars where big clusters of cases have been uncovered added more infections. At Shuffle on Lan Kwai Fong, 17 cases were added, pushing the total number there to 114. Chuang said the additional infections involved nine patrons and two six staff members.

Over at LINQ on Pottinger Street, two more cases were added, taking the total number of infections to 95. Virus samples here were similar to those found in Iron Fairies on Hollywood Bar, and investigations revealed three patrons had been to both bars over a seven-day period.

Dr Sara Ho of the Hospital Authority reported that 327 patients are still receiving treatment at various government hospitals and medical facilities. They include 12 who are in critical condition and five in serious condition. Four of the critical patients are in intensive care.

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