140 Covid cases today:102  confirmed, 38 asymptomatic

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Center for Health Protection (CHP)

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) announced today (January 23) that there are 140 reported Covid-19 cases, of which, 102 are confirmed cases and 38 are additional asymptomatic cases. The patients comprise 63 males and 77 females, aged two-month-old to 90.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 13 034 so far, while the figures for asymptomatic cases and re-positive cases recorded since January 1 are 248 and four respectively, i.e. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 13 286 cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.

From the newly 140 reported cases, it consists of 15 imported cases, 112 cases epidemiologically linked with imported cases, four local cases, and nine cases epidemiologically linked with local cases. One-hundred-and-thirty-three of the cases involve mutant strains, the mutation test results of six cases are pending and the viral load of the remaining case is insufficient for mutation tests.

A total of 244 cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been reported in the past 14 days (January 9 to 22). Ninety-five of them are epidemiologically linked with imported cases, eight are local cases, 10 are cases epidemiologically linked with local cases, and the rest are imported cases.

Also, as the passenger flight (QR818) operated by Qatar Airways arriving in Hong Kong from Doha, Qatar, on January 21, had 11 passengers who tested positive upon arrival, the Department of Health thus invoked the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H) to prohibit the landing of passenger flights in Hong Kong from Doha operated by Qatar Airways from January 23 to February 5.

With the higher transmissibility and risk of infection of the Omicron mutant strain, the CHP strongly appeals to the community to comply with the recently tightened social distancing measures in the next two weeks and to refrain from participating in unnecessary or crowded activities or gatherings (particularly religious or cross-family activities and gatherings). This would lower the risk of infection and prevent the virus from spreading in the community.