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HK adds 4,276 Covid cases, pandemic still to peak

HK adds 4,276 Covid cases, pandemic still to peak

Hong Kong health authorities said the rising confirmed Covid-19 cases have not yet reached the peak as the city reported 4,276 new infections on Tuesday.
Among the new cases, 3,975 were locally transmitted, while the other 301 infections were imported, including 182 detected at the airport, 92 at quarantine hotels, and 27 in local communities after the patients completed seven-day isolation.

The Hospital Authority reported six related deaths involving three men and three women aged 84 to 97. The death tally of the fifth wave now stands at 9,265.

Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's communicable disease branch, said the real-time effective reproductive number for local cases has reached 1.3, and there is no sign of a decline in the pandemic. Therefore, the number of cases has not yet reached its peak.

She said the government did not want to further tighten social distancing rules, nor is there room for relaxation.

She called on the public to seek medical help as soon as possible if they felt unwell. She said there are cases of elderly people who have not reported a positive rapid test result, urging them to use the government's measures. Family members could help with the report or call 1836119 to seek help.

The center was also informed of 524 positive cases from 387 schools involving 447 students and 77 teachers and staffers. Eleven schools had classes suspended for a week after the students and teachers caught Covid.

They included Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Secondary School, Castar Kindergarten, Shin Yat Tong On Yat Kindergarten, Munsang College, CCC Yenching College, HHCKLA Buddhist Po Kwong School, YLPMS Alumni Association Tang Ying Yip Primary School, Raimondi College Kindergarten Section, Saint Bonaventure Catholic Primary School, Cumberland Presbyterian Church Yao Dao Secondary School and Hong Kong Ling Liang Church Sau Tak infant/nursery.

Meanwhile, another residential care home for people with disabilities -SAHK LOHAS Garden - reported new infections involving one resident and one staffer.

Public hospitals and treatment facilities are now housing 1,425 Covid patients. Among them, 31 are in critical condition, 17 are in serious condition, and seven are in hospital intensive care units.

As for the mutated strains, BA.2.12.1 took 2.7 percent of the total infection tally, while BA.4 or BA.5 remained at 1.4 percent.

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