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HK sees 1,917 new cases, Prince of Wales Hospital cluster monitored

HK sees 1,917 new cases, Prince of Wales Hospital cluster monitored

Hong Kong saw 1,917 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, as health authorities monitored the infection cluster involving Prince of Wales Hospital Clinical Oncology.
Among the new cases, 1,799 were locally transmitted including 642 confirmed through PCR tests and 1,157 verified RAT results. The caseload of the fifth wave now exceeded 1.225 million, according to Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection's communicable disease branch.

Chuang also added 118 imported infections -- 62 detected at the airport.

Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin added one more nurse and one more patient service assistant in Clinical Oncology being confirmed. The two were currently in stable condition.

The hospital's clinical oncology cluster has had eight patients and the ward has been suspended to accept new cases and visitors. The ward has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the Hospital Authority will closely monitor the situation of patients, and maintain communication with the Center for Health Protection.

Two residents and two staff members at Aura Nursing Home, as well as a night shift staff at Culture Homes Elderly Living (Hung Hom), tested positive, followed by some 70 people having to be quarantined.

Fu Tai Elderly Home added three infections, all of which are residents. The cluster has so far reported 10 residents and five staff members being infected.

Class 3C of The Districts Business Welfare Association School (FDBWA) Szeto Ho Secondary School reported four infections and will be suspended for a week.

Three students and one staff if another female's dorm at St Stephen's College tested positive on Sunday, after which nine on the same floor will have to be quarantined.

The three confirmed students were in class 4D, and another student in the same class was also infected. The class has to be suspended for a week.

There were suspected cases of BA.4 or BA.5 earlier in Ka Choi Lane in Tuen Mun, whose family members were confirmed today as relevant cases during quarantine.

The city has also recorded another 11 suspected BA.2.12.1 cases. Among them, two were customers of Victoria Habour Restaurant in Tuen Mun, taking the cluster to 38 diners and four close contacts. Five were cases of unknown origin.

Hospital Authority's chief manager for patient safety and risk management Sara Ho Yuen-ha didn't report any Covid-related death, meaning the death tally stays at 9,185.

Public hospitals and treatment facilities are now housing 601 patients. Eleven of them are in critical condition, 12 others in serious condition and three in intensive care.

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