5.8k local COVID-19 cases identified

August 18, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 5,811 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 2,184 were directly identified through nucleic acid tests and 3,627 via verified rapid antigen tests.

 

Separately, 243 imported cases were reported and five more patients passed away.

 

The centre added that there were also 48 cases reported by 36 schools, involving 38 pupils and 10 staff. Two such schools have been advised to suspend face-to-face lessons for specific classes for one week.

 

Additionally, there were four residential care homes for the elderly and two for disabled people that logged coronavirus infection cases.

 

Due to a number of positive cases, 58 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers seven specified locations in Ngau Chi Wan and Tai Po where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.

 

While the Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection stations at Shek Pai Wan Estate in Aberdeen, Wang Tau Hom Estate in Lok Fu and Lei Muk Shue Estate in Tsuen Wan tomorrow, the service period of the mobile specimen collection station at Hing Man Estate in Chai Wan will be extended to August 20.

 

This afternoon, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration to cover Tower 3 of Island Resort in Siu Sai Wan, requiring people in the restricted area to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.

 

As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, Wan Chai, Eastern and Southern districts, the Housing Department and respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.

 

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

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