HK sees 20k COVID-19 cases

March 18, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 20,082 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 7,966 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 12,116 were identified via rapid antigen tests.


Among the cases which tested positive by nucleic acid tests, three are imported and the rest are locally acquired.


At a press briefing this afternoon, Centre for Health Protection Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told reporters that since the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,004,313 cases have been identified and 5,188 patients passed away.


Separately, the Government made restriction-testing declarations to cover designated buildings where sewage samples tested positive for the virus.


The buildings include Fu Pong House and Fu Man House of Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung; Block 4 of Po Tin Estate and Tip Sum House of Butterfly Estate in Tuen Mun; Kin Ching House of Kin Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O; Kai Fai House of Choi Wan (II) Estate in Wong Tai Sin; Ping On House, Tai On House and Yee On House of Wo Lok Estate in Kwun Tong; and Lei Fook House of Ap Lei Chau Estate in Aberdeen.


People in the restricted areas must undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.


As there were positive sewage test results in several housing estates in Kwun Tong, Eastern, Tuen Mun and Kwai Tsing districts, the district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working in those areas from tomorrow.


Also from tomorrow, the Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection station at Tin Shui Sports Centre in Tin Shui Wai.


Meanwhile, as Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH072 from Kuala Lumpur on March 17 had one passenger on board who tested positive upon arrival and one passenger who failed to comply with the requirements under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation, the Department of Health decided to prohibit the landing of the airline's passenger flights from Kuala Lumpur from March 19 to April 1.


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

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