Hong Kong's daily Covid-19 caseload dropped to four-digit at 8,841 on Saturday for the first time in a month, but health authorities told citizens not to mistake that the pandemic is now under control.
The Centre for Health Protection's principal medical and health officer Albert Au Ka-wing reminded citizens to stay alert and warned there may be a rebound in the numbers despite the declining trend.
The city last reported a four-digit daily caseload at 8,798 on February 24.
As for the fresh cases reported today, 3,884 were confirmed through PCR tests including six imported cases. The other 4,957 cases were positive rapid antigen test results submitted by citizens.
Au continued that the tally of the fifth wave of pandemic now stands at 1,107,839.
Yesterday, no elderly home or care center reported infection outbreak. So far, the coronavirus
has hit 783 elderly homes in total, involving 805 residents and 147 workers.
Hospital Authority's chief manager Larry Lee Lap-yip reported 139 deaths, including 114 deaths recorded in public hospitals in the past 24 hours. The deceased patients including 65 men and 49 women aged from three to 106. Among them, 52 were residents of care centers and 72 had no vaccination record.
The death tally now stands at 6,888.
Lee spoke of the death of the three-year-old girl and said she had been staying in hospital because of a brain condition called encephalopathy.
She caught a fever and developed cramping on March 18 and was rushed to the emergency room of Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin. She also tested positive when being admitted to the hospital.
She was later transferred to the children's intensive care unit but her condition deteriorated and she eventually passed away on Friday.
Lee added that it was difficult for doctors to prescribe oral Covid
drug to her as she aged below 12 and weighed less than 40kg. He believed her family didn't know the girl was infected with the coronavirus
Lee also reported 21 deaths due to lagged results and said forensic also reported five deaths, including four men and a woman aged 67 to 92. All five of them suffered from chronic diseases and had no vaccination record.