5.1k COVID-19 cases recorded

October 23, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 5,143 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,350 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 3,793 via rapid antigen tests.


Separately, 392 imported cases were detected.


Moreover, two residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged five virus cases involving their residents.


In addition to reporting that four patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered seven more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 30.


Due to a number of positive cases, 63 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another three places in Ap Lei Chau, Sau Mau Ping and Tai Po where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.


The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Wang Tau Hom Estate in Lok Fu and Hung Fuk Estate in Hung Shui Kiu tomorrow.


As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas in Kwai Tsing, Eastern and Tsuen Wan 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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