Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Wednesday, Feb 01, 2023

Health authorities say they have no criteria for closing schools as Covid cases reach 3,256

Health authorities say they have no criteria for closing schools as Covid cases reach 3,256

Health authorities said they have not set a certain number of cases needed before closing a school as a whole, as Hong Kong reported 3,256 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.
Among the new cases, 3,019 were locally transmitted, including 1,217 confirmed via PCR tests and 1,802 verified positive RAT test results, according to Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection.

The other 237 infections were imported cases, 122 detected at the airport, 89 at quarantine hotels, and 26 in local communities after the patients completed seven-day isolation.

The Hospital Authority reported four related deaths, including a man and three women aged 90 to 99. The death tally of the fifth wave now stands at 9,231.

The center was also informed of 498 positive cases involving 408 students and 90 teachers and staffers. Eight schools have classes to be suspended for a week after the students and teachers caught Covid.

They included Church of Christ in China Kei Wai Primary School (Ma Wan), Zenith Kindergarten, Hong Chi Morninglight School, Tuen Mun, Ho Dao College Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen, Saint Thomas' Church Kindergarten, Yan Chai Hospital Wong Wah San Secondary School, C.C.C. Chuen Yuen College, and Hong Kong Ling Liang Church Kindergarten.

In addition, Hong Kong and Kowloon Kaifong Women's Association Sun Fong Chung Primary School and S.K.H. Holy Spirit Primary School reported cases earlier and had another class suspended.

Asked whether face-to-face classes would be suspended entirely, Chuang said the average proportion of confirmed cases at schools was about the same as in the community.

To avoid the risk of transmission and a major outbreak in schools, classes will be advised to stop face-to-face teaching if they saw several cases. However, no such number is set for the closure of an entire school.

Three elderly homes reported new infections involving three residents. They included Fai To Home for The Aged (Tuen Mun) Branch, Lok Seen Aged Hostel, and Friendly (TuenMun) Home for The Aged.

On the other hand, the center reported 56 cases of the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant and 30 cases of the BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants.

Public hospitals and treatment facilities are now housing 1,190 Covid patients. Among them, 20 are in critical condition, 41 are in serious condition, and seven are in hospital intensive care units.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
Chinese search giant Baidu to launch ChatGPT like AI chatbot.
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
China is opening up for foreign investors.
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
China's foreign ministry branch in Hong Kong urges British gov't to stop the biased and double standards Hong Kong report
China relaxes 'red lines' on property sector borrowing in policy pivot
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
Japan prosecutors indict man for ex-PM Shinzo Abe murder
Vietnam removes two deputy PMs amid anti-corruption campaign
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
China’s recovery could add 1% to Australia’s GDP: JPMorgan 
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
China vows to strengthen financial support for enterprises: official
International medical experts speak out against COVID-19 restrictions on China
2 Billion People To Travel In China's "Great Migration" Over Next 40 Days
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
Flight constraints expected to weigh on China travel rebound
Billionaire Jack Ma relinquishes control of Ant Group
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
Teslas now over 40% cheaper in China than US
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
UK chaos: Hong Kong emigrants duped by false prospectus
China seeks course correction in US ties but will fight ‘all forms of hegemony’, top diplomat Wang Yi says
China will boost spending in 2023
African traders welcome end of China’s Covid travel curbs
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
Preparations begin for Spring Festival travel rush
Domestic COVID-19 drug effective in trial
HK to see a full recovery, John Lee says in New Year message
Bargain hunters flock to last day of Hong Kong brands and products expo
Hong Kong aims for January 8 reopening of border with mainland China