Hong Kong saw its daily infection caseload hit four digits again after reporting 1,047 infections on Wednesday, while health authorities stressed the rebound in figures was within their expectation.
Among the new infections, 971 were locally transmitted, including 477 confirmed via PCR tests and 494 self-declared positive RAT results.
The remaining 76 cases were imported from overseas -- 35 detected at the airport, 31 at quarantine hotels, and 10 patients who finished seven-day isolation and entered communities.
The Centre for Health Protection's principal medical and health officer Albert Au Ka-wing said the rebound in the infection figures was within authorities' expectation as more community transmissions were detected following relaxed Covid
Au noted that there is no proof that the numbers will escalate exponentially and highlighted herd immunity has been achieved in local communities. He also said the numbers of critical cases and deaths remain at a normal range, although more cases are reported and called on citizens to receive their Covid
shots on time.
A total of 147 cases were reported by 127 schools, involving 135 students and 12 teachers and staffers.
A 17-year-old secondary five student from Pui Ching Middle School in Ho Man Tin was infected with the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1. She once attended a gathering at Gourmet Hotpot on Peace Avenue alongside over 60 classmates and five teachers.
Five other students at the gathering caught Covid
as well, including three who sat at the same table as the 17-year-old. The other two sat at different tables, and the cluster reported six infections at this point.
Ten other classmates who dined beside the infected students were listed as close contacts, and the school will have to suspend classes until this coming Sunday (Jun 19).
The center also identified another 22 cases of the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant, including five unknown source cases scattered in Prince Edward, Whampoa, Hin Keng Estate in Sha Tin, and Heng Fa Chuen in Chai Wan.
Bar outbreak clusters also grew steadily as Racks City in Central saw another customer infected with Covid
, while FLM in Sheung Wan reported five more cases.
Hospital Authority's chief manager for integrated clinical services, Larry Lee Lap-yip, reported a new related death, who was an unvaccinated 83-year-old woman, pushing the death tally of the fifth wave to 9,179.
Lee continued that the woman suffered from coronary heart disease, liver disease, psychosis, and intracerebral hemorrhage. Lee added she tripped over and was admitted to a hospital last Tuesday last week, believing her death had nothing to do with Covid
Lee pointed out that public hospitals and treatment facilities house 412 Covid
patients. Sixteen are in critical condition, six are in serious condition, and four are in intensive care. Another 48 patients have recovered from Covid
and been discharged in the past 24 hours.