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HK plans to open more isolation facilities as more than 4k new Covid cases reported

26 July 2022

By The SUN


More than 5,000 people are in quarantine at Penny's Bay

The Security Bureau said Tuesday that the government is ready to open more isolation facilities as the number of Covid infections continues to rise.

Undersecretary for Security Cheuk Michael Cheuk made the statement following a visit to Penny’s Bay, where the government’s main quarantine facility is located.

Cheuk said about 5,200 people are under quarantine at Penny’s Bay, which is now operating at 60 percent capacity.


"There are other facilities that are in standby mode. We are making sure those facilities are well prepared and ready for use,” said Cheuk. “At the moment, we have around 3,000 rooms in another community facility that are ready for use."

At today’s press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection reported an additional 4,276 Covid-19 cases.

She said the current reproductive rate of the coronavirus is 1.3, and there is no sign yet that the pandemic is declining.

Despite the indication that the infection has yet to peak, Chuang said the government has no plan to further tighten social distancing rules. But relaxation is also out of the question.

Meanwhile, Hospital Authority’s Dr Gladys Kwan urged the elderly to get vaccinated and seek help immediately if they feel unwell, as there has been a rise in the number of infected people dying at home.

Kwan said that six more Covid patients died yesterday, involving people aged between 84 and 97. The death tally of the fifth wave now stands at 9,265.   

Govt doctors are urging the elderly to seek help quickly when they come down with Covid

She said the condition of elderly people who catch the coronavirus can deteriorate quickly so they must consult regularly.

"We have various channels for these patients to seek help, apart from what we already have, the telephone hotline, we also will ask our colleagues to identify those patients who are at risk, and we will contact them proactively,” said Kwan.

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She said that currently, public hospitals are looking after a total of 1,425 patients, after 175 more were admitted yesterday. Among them 31 are critically ill, including seven who are in intensive care, while 17 are in serious condition.

Only those with moderate symptoms or are categorized as high risks get treated at public hospitals or the treatment facility in North Lantau. The rest get sent to isolation facilities or are allowed to self-isolate at home.


The doctors urged patients who test positive on rapid antigen tests, particularly the elderly, to report to the government immediately. They could call the reporting hotline, 1836119, or ask family members to do it for them.

School infections also continued to rise, with a total of 524 positive cases from 387 schools being reported. Eleven schools were told to suspend classes where two or more people had been infected.

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