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We’re ready in case of further surge in Covid cases, says HA

20 June 2022

By The SUN  

Dr Sara Ho says public hospitals are ready to take in more patients if necessary

The Hospital Authority said on Monday that the increase in the number of Covid-19  infections has not been significant, but it is not letting its guard down.

The statement came as the Centre for Health Protection reported 1,327 new Covid-19 cases, the sixth consecutive day when the tally breached the four-digit mark.

HA’s chief manager, Dr Sara Ho said during the daily briefing that although there has been no surge in the demand for intensive care, public hospitals are ready to admit thousands new patients if necessary.


“In the past two weeks, we've seen a small rising trend in the number of infections. That's why we directed our clusters to be prepared. In the event the Covid situation becomes severe, we can have our beds waiting for patients,” Ho said.

She reiterated the advice for people to avoid large gatherings to prevent more community transmissions.

Meanwhile, CHP’s Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said 408 new cases were reported by 289 schools, but this was a cumulative number from Friday afternoon until this morning.


She dismissed suggestions the virus is spreading more rapidly in schools.

"There's no spread of cases throughout schools. You can imagine, although we have several hundreds infections from schools, but only 100 or so came from Monday morning," Chuang said.

Nevertheless, she said certain classes in six schools will be suspended for a week after at least three cases were found in each of them.

Among these schools were Tsuen Wan Catholic Primary School, St Stephen’s College in the Southern District, S.K.H. St Benedict’s School in Choi Hung, Wycombe Abbey School, CCC Kei Wan Primary School in Aldrich Bay and HKFYG Lee Shau Kee College.

"In total, around 800,000 students and teachers get tested every day, but only six schools have classes that need to be suspended,” she said.

She added that officials are investigating an outbreak at an elderly home in Ngau Tau Kok, where five residents have been found infected. More than 40 close contacts have been sent to quarantine.

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Another four cases from three care homes for the elderly were reported today. Three of them had one case each, while one had one resident and one staff testing positive.

Among today’s 1,186 locally transmitted cases, 435 were confirmed via PCR tests and 751 were verified rapid test results.

The remaining 141 cases were brought in from overseas - 72 were detected at the airport, 46 at quarantine hotels and 27 post-isolation.


The total tally from the fifth wave has now exceeded 1.215 million.

One Covid-related death was reported, raising the tally to 9,183. The patient was a 53-year-old man with colorectal cancer.


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