HK sees 3,154 Covid cases, no point-to-point arrangement for patients detected at Shenzhen Bay port

Hong Kong health authorities said there was so far no point-to-point arrangement to take travelers who tested positive to pot from Shenzhen Bay to hospitals or to their homes, the city signaled on Wednesday 3,154 new cases of Covid-19.

Of the new cases, 2,943 were transmitted locally, including 1,414 confirmed via PCR tests and 1,529 RAT verified positive results.

The Center for Health Protection also reported 211 imported cases, of which 101 were identified at the airport, including 53 from the UK. The remaining 67 infections were detected in designated quarantine hotels and 43 were located in local communities after patients completed seven-day isolation.

Asked whether lifting quarantine requirements for incoming travelers would pose any risks to the community, Chuang said imported cases accounted for less than 10% of confirmed cases in Hong Kong, and that the local community itself- even had many chains of transmission, so imported cases were currently not a threat to the community.

The Hospital Authority reported one new death – a 102-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man, bringing the fifth wave death toll to 9,209.

Positive patients who were detected at the Shenzhen Bay port could leave on their own, Chuang said, the testing staff asked them to return home via point-to-point transport, such as taxis, and asked them to report their positive test results online.

The center was notified of 387 new cases in 309 schools today. Four schools will suspend some classes for a week after students and teachers catch Covid.

They include three kindergartens – First Assembly of God Primary School & Kindergarten, Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section), CCWF King Shing Kindergarten and Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial Primary School.

Four residents at four residential care centers have also been infected with Covid.

The city added 58 suspected cases of the BA.2.12.1 Omicron variant and 24 suspected cases of the BA.4 or BA.5 Omicron variants.

Public hospitals and care facilities now house 1,031 Covid patients. Among them, 18 are in critical condition, 30 are in serious condition and nine are in hospital intensive care units.

As to why Macau’s Come2hk program was not suspended, Chuang reiterated that Macau’s health code was already sufficient to prevent confirmed patients from leaving the city, and so far Hong Kong has not seen any cases imported from Macau.


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