HK COVID-19 new cases continue to drop to 5,594 today

The Hong Kong Department of Health reported 5,594 new COVID-19 cases today, 20 September.

Of the total cases, 5,459 were locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 (1,348 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid, while 4,111 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs).

Separately, 135 additional imported cases were reported, including 119 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests, and 16 cases that tested positive by RATs.

Positive imported cases arrived from 38 different countries. There were more than 10 positive cases from five countries including the Philippines with 15 positive cases, and  17 Cases from the United Kingdom, 15 Cases from Thailand,  12 Cases from the United States of America, and 12 Cases from Indonesia.

Hong Kong has recorded a total of 937,202 and 782,147 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority (HA) announced that 2,505 Patients were admitted at North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, the HA Infectious Disease Centre, and Asia World-Expo and Hong Kong Public Hospitals including a two-year-old toddler.

HA said that the toddler received its 1st vaccination on 8/31. Started a fever on 9/18 and started a cough and runny nose. Admitted to the hospital and is now in serious condition in the pediatric ICU. HA doctors believe that the child has Cerebral edema. This is when fluid builds up around the brain, causing an increase in pressure known as intracranial pressure. Swelling or inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury. Edema refers to swelling due to trapped fluid, and it can happen anywhere in the body.

HA also recorded seven deaths, four males and three females, aged 43-9s years old. Only one of the individuals was vaccinated with at least three shots of a vaccine, most were unvaccinated including the 43-year-old who lived in a care facility and has a long-term illness.