Hong Kong reported 278 new Covid cases and zero deaths on Saturday, for the first time in months, as health authorities are now investigating a restaurant infection outbreak involving up to 200 customers.
Among the new cases, 115 were confirmed through PCR tests, and 163 were positive rapid antigen test results reported by citizens. As a result, the overall Covid
tally now stands at 1,193,688.
The Centre for Health Protection's principal medical and health officer Albert Au Ka-wing added 18 imported cases, including 10 detected at the airport.
Three traveled to Hong Kong on Thursday on flight TK083 from the Czech Republic, the US, and the Netherlands. Two arrived from the Philippines on flight 5J114 on Thursday, and two others arrived from Canada on flight CX829 on Friday. Three others came from the US, the Philippines, and France.
Au continued that an infection outbreak cluster was detected at a Chinese restaurant-- Peony Golden Court -- in Yuen Long on Friday, involving three men and a woman aged between 47 and 66. They didn't know each other and visited the restaurant from 6.30am to 9am on May 1.
Two of them tested positive on Tuesday, the other on Tuesday, and the last one on Thursday. They are now undergoing home isolation, and seven close contacts have been sent to a quarantine center. One of them tested positive on Friday.
About 190 other customers who had been to the restaurant during that period and about 50 workers will be subjected to compulsory testing.
Elderly homes didn't report any new infections. Au continued that 115 infections were reported from schools between May 3 and 6, making up 9 percent of the combined caseload of those four days.
Some 720,000 students and 125,000 teachers have undergone testing during the same period, taking about 11 percent of the population, Au said, concluding that there has yet to be any school infection outbreak.
Meanwhile, Hospital Authority's chief manager Larry Lee Lap-yip reported zero death today, meaning Hong Kong's death tally stays at 9,131.
Public hospitals and treatment facilities are now housing 1,009 patients. Among them, one is in serious condition, and two in critical condition are being treated in hospitals' intensive care units.
In the past 24 hours, 155 patients have recovered from Covid
, and 106 of them have been discharged. From 2020 until now, a total of 61,135 patients have recovered from Covid
, and 60,483 have been discharged.