3.6k COVID-19 cases reported

February 18, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,629 additional COVID-19 cases, of which two are imported and the rest are locally infected.


A total of 22,487 positive cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, comprising 91 imported and 22,396 locally acquired cases.


Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority explained that it is seeking space in public hospitals to accommodate patients waiting outside accident and emergency departments. The authority expressed hope that it could assist those affected by today.


In view of the positive sewage test results of Block 21, Shek Kip Mei Estate in Sham Shui Po, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration tonight to cover the building, requiring people in the restricted area to undergo compulsory testing.


Positive sewage test results were found at Mei Wui House of Shek Kip Mei Estate where 70 people in the housing block have preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Government has extended the restriction-testing declaration period to tomorrow.


As sewage samples collected in several areas of Sha Tin, Yau Tsim Mong, Kwai Tsing and Yuen Long tested positive for the virus, the Home Affairs Department will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to all cleansing workers and property management staff working in those areas from tomorrow.


In view of a number of preliminary positive and positive cases, 30 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice.


Free testing services will be provided for people subject to mandatory testing at community testing centres and mobile specimen collection stations located at 63 places in the city tomorrow.


Starting tomorrow, the Government will set up an additional mobile specimen collection station at Fung Kam Street Sports Centre in Yuen Long.


For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.

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