HK sees 7.3k COVID-19 cases

November 23, 2022

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 7,374 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,825 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 5,549 via rapid antigen tests.


Separately, 611 imported cases were detected.


Furthermore, 12 residential care homes (RCHs) for the elderly and five for disabled people logged 21 cases involving their residents.


Meanwhile, there were 1,221 positive cases concerning 996 students and 225 staff filed by 695 schools. As a result, 23 classes from 23 schools were advised to suspend face-to-face lessons for seven days.


In addition to reporting that 11 patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered six more critical patients, bringing the number in critical condition to 48.


Starting tomorrow, Sai Ying Pun Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic, Aberdeen Jockey Club General Out-patient Clinic, Central Kowloon Health Centre, Lady Trench General Out-patient Clinic and Tuen Mun Wu Hong Clinic will implement service adjustments in order to focus manpower and resources on enhancing Designated Clinic and tele-consultation services.


The authority also advised chronic patients with follow-up appointments at the clinics concerned to refill their drugs at the corresponding medication refill clinics on the appointment day by presenting their appointment slips and identity cards.


Separately, in light of the rising trend of COVID-19 cases in the community and care homes, the Social Welfare Department announced that three quarantine/holding centres will soon start operation. All three centres will provide basic meals and nursing support free of charge.


The quarantine centres at Tsuen Wan West Sports Centre and Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre will begin services on November 29 and 30 with 119 and 128 beds respectively, to receive seniors who are identified as close contacts in RCHs.


The holding centre at Choi Wing Road Sports Centre, which provides 144 beds, will look after elderly COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms.


Due to a number of positive cases, 46 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice. It also covers another two places in Ma On Shan where some sewage samples tested positive for the virus.


The Government will reopen the ad-hoc mobile specimen collection stations at Lung Tak Court in Stanley, Cheung Hang Estate in Tsing Yi and Sha Tau Kok Chuen in North District tomorrow. The specimen collection station at Wah Kwai Estate in Pok Fu Lam will be open until Friday.


As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tai Po, Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung districts, the Housing Department and the 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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