5k local infection cases logged

October 20, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 5,098 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 931 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 4,167 via rapid antigen tests.


Separately, 335 imported cases were detected.


Furthermore, four residential care homes for the elderly logged 10 cases involving their residents and staff.


Meanwhile, there were 665 positive cases concerning 567 students and 98 staff filed by 482 schools. As a result, six classes and three extra-curricular activities groups were advised to suspend face-to-face lessons for seven days.


In addition to reporting that nine patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered six more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 26.


Due to a number of positive cases, 62 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another 12 places in Tin Shui Wai, Ma On Shan, Tung Chung and Kowloon City where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.


The Government will set up additional/reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Yue Fai Court in Aberdeen, Lido Garden in Sham Tseng, Kwai Shing East Estate in Kwai Chung and Sha Tau Kok Chuen in North District tomorrow.


As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Kwai Tsing, Kowloon City and Central & Western 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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