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156 new arrivals among 5,387 additional Covid infections

23 September 2022

By The SUN 

About a third of the imported cases were detected at the airport (RTHK File)

Within minutes after Chief Executive John Lee announced the scrapping of hotel quarantine for inbound travelers, health officials reported 156 new imported Covid-19 cases, all but five testing positive within seven days from arrival.

The imported cases pushed up the daily infection tally to 5,387 - which means the imported cases made up about 2.9 percent of the total caseload.

The figures appeared to support CE Lee’s decision to continue the health surveillance of new arrivals until a week after landing in Hong Kong.


While the hotel quarantine has been scrapped, inbound travelers will be put under the amber code until day 3, and asked to undergo PCR tests on arrival, and on days 2, 4 and 6.

Today’s figures for imported cases seem to bear out the need to keep monitoring new arrivals to ensure they are not infected and pose a risk to the community.

Of the 156 cases,49 were detected at the airport, 64 during days 1 to 3, and 38 on days 4 to 7. An additional five cases were found after this period, but are suspected to be re-positive cases due to their high Ct value.

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The travelers came from 38 countries, of which four had more than 10 cases each: United Kingdom, 24; United States, 22; and the Philippines and Thailand, 14.

Dr Gladys Kwan of the Hospital Authority reported 12 related deaths, involving nine males and three females aged 45 to 93. The took the death tally from the fifth wave to 9,733.

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Kwan said 2,228 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals, of whom 45 are in critical condition and 34 in serious condition. Fifteen of those listed as critical are in intensive care units.

Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection reported that the dominant sub-variant, BA.5 has been found in nearly 80% of the cases, which explains why the infection rate is now declining.


As a result of this, Kwan said the HA will resume services at four outpatient clinics that had been temporary closed when the infection surged in mid-August. Night services at some clinics will also resume.

At the same time, the eight designated clinics for Covid will continue operating, as well as the tele-consult services for infected patients.
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