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2-year-old boy with Covid in critical condition as infection tally drops further

20 September 2022

By The SUN

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In a further sign that the latest outbreak of Covid-19 infections in Hong Kong is slowing down, the number of cases reported Tuesday fell to 5,594, of which 135 were imported.

But among those who tested positive yesterday was a two-year-old boy who developed severe symptoms and is now hooked to a breathing apparatus in an intensive care unit.

According to Dr Gladys Kwan of the Hospital Authority, the boy who was given one vaccine dose on Aug 30, developed a fever on Sunday and yesterday tested positive on a rapid antigen test.


He was taken to a designated clinic with a cough, runny nose and high fever, and the doctor there immediately had the boy taken to the accident and emergency section of a hospital. He then developed seizures and was moved to ICU.

Kwan said the boy is suspected to have cerebral edema, an acute brain inflammation, and has been given antiviral medicine, and intubated.

His Ct value when tested at the hospital was 18.1, indicating a high viral load. However, no one among his family members has tested positive for coronavirus, nor show any symptoms.


Kwan again called on parents to get their children vaccinated immediately, saying young kids are very susceptible to developing serious complications from Covid-19.

At the peak of the current wave of infection, she said there were 60 children under 12 years old who were hospitalized, and 20 were in critical condition.

More than 11,000 of these young children had to be treated in hospitals in the fifth wave, and nine have died.

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At the daily press briefing, Kwan also reported seven additional deaths linked to Covid, involving four males and three females aged 43 to 92. Six of them were not fully vaccinated.

The youngest, a female patient with a genetic disease that required constant medical attention, had not been vaccinated at all. She lived in a care home in Tuen Mun.

Kwan said about 2,500 patients with Covid are being treated in public hospitals. Among them, 56 are in critical condition, including 20 who are in ICU; while 49 others are severely ill.


Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan of the Centre for Health Protection acknowledged the gradual decline in the number of cases, and said they hope that the downward trend will continue.

She said the drop could be due to the highly transmissible Omicron sub-variant, BA.5, rising to 79.6% of the total case tally, at which level experts say the infection would level off. The rest were found to carry three other sub-variants.

Chuang said that of the 135 imported cases, 66 were detected at the airport, 26 during quarantine hotel, and 43 on days four to seven of their arrival. No case was detected after this period.

The countries which had at least 10 positive cases were the United Kingdom with 17, the Philippines and Thailand with 15 each, and the United States and India with 12 each.

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