Covid-19 cases drop to 7-week low

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Health officials say there is a downward trend in Covid-19 cases, but still warned of unlinked local infections within the community. (FILE)

Hong Kong health authorities confirmed 25 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the lowest daily coronavirus tally since November 2020.

Dr. Chuang Shuk-kwan from the Centre for Health Protection said there is a downward trend in cases, but warned of unlinked local infection in the community.

“This is one or two days figures, we may see some fluctuations during the week. But the overall trend has been decreasing so this is a good signal,” Chuang said.

While Chuang is optimistic the downtrend will continue, she warned that some asymptomatic cases may not have been detected yet because have not sought testing or treatment.

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Of the 22 locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases, seven had no traceable source of infection.

Among these is a resident of a hostel in Wong Tai Sin for mental health care. Thirty-seven other hostel residents will be sent to quarantine in Pok Fu Lam.

A mandatory testing order was also issued to Chung Chi House, in Chung On Estate in Ma On Shan after two cases from the building were recorded.

There were over 20 preliminary positive Covid-19 cases, Chuang said.

The death of a chronically-ill 95-year-old female patient in North Lantau Hospital pushed Hong Kong’s coronavirus-related death toll to 154.

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