HK logs 7,938 COVID cases, lowest in two weeks period

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The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced today (September 12) that there were 7,772 locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, while 166 imported (from inbound travelers) cases tested positive for the virus, or 2% of a total of 7,938 COVID cases today.

19 of 166 imported cases were inbound travelers from the Philippines, 27 cases from the UK, 23 from the USA, and 11 cases from Thailand.

Hong Kong has recorded 921,097 and 738,815 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority (HA) reported 2,753 COVID patients at North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Center, the HA Infectious Disease Centre, Asia World-Expo, and Hong Kong Public Hospitals.

There are 14 patients in ICU including a 10-year-old boy who is confined at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Among the specimens received by the DH’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch from September 3 to 9 for verification testing of local cases, about 5.3 percent and 71.6 percent of them (seven-day moving average) are related to the sub-lineages BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5 (including suspected cases) of the Omicron mutant strain respectively.

The spokesman for the CHP stressed that the local situation of COVID-19 infection is severe, with the number of cases tested positive growing at an increased pace. The CHP strongly appeals to the community to strictly comply with social distancing measures and refrain from participating in unnecessary or crowded activities or mass gatherings. This would lower the risk of infection and prevent the virus from spreading in the community.