Over 3.1k virus cases identified

January 29, 2023

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,172 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 449 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,723 via rapid antigen tests.


Separately, 111 imported cases were detected.


Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and five for disabled people logged 13 cases involving their residents.


The Hospital Authority reported that 20 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for nine patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 11 patients was unrelated.


It also registered eight more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 93.


Separately, to align with the Government’s cancellation of issuing isolation orders from tomorrow, the authority will, starting from the same day, announce at 8.30am and 1pm the information of general out-patient clinics (GOPC) quota reserved for COVID-19 patients.


COVID-19 patients may refer to the HA website or the designated website for such information before making an appointment.


All COVID-19 patients can use the “Book COVID (GOPC)” function of the “HA Go” mobile app or the GOPC telephone appointment system to make a reservation.


They can also call the HA enquiry hotline 1836 115 which will make referral for COVID-19 patients who need GOPC services for further treatment.


In addition, the seven “Care Booking Lines” will continue to provide assistance to patients, where priority will be given to high-risk patients to make appointments.


Patients who require COVID-19 oral drugs can also consult the relevant private doctors.


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

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