A woman takes a selfie at a promenade next to Victoria Harbour as Typhoon Chaba passes Hong Kong on July 2, 2022. (BERTHA WANG / AFP)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong recorded 1,828 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, which is lower than the 2,227 infections on Saturday, bringing the city’s tally to 1,239,539.
The new cases comprised 1,681 local infections and 147 imported cases, Albert Au Ka-wing, principal medical and health officer of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said in a press briefing.
Albert Au Ka-wing, principal medical and health officer of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said the cluster at the Kwun Tong hot pot eatery had three new cases, bringing its tally to 14
He added that 437 of the local cases were confirmed through nucleic acid testing while 1,244 were detected by rapid antigen tests.
“Today, we have fewer cases by (nucleic acid tests). We believe it is because of the typhoon,” said Au, noting that testing centers were closed during the day on Saturday due to Typhoon Chaba.
He added that the centers reopened on Saturday night and their results will be reflected in the tally on Monday and Tuesday.
Au said the cluster at the Kwun Tong hot pot eatery had three new cases, bringing its tally to 14. The new patients shared a table with a previous patient.
There were 108 patrons who dined at the restaurant on June 24, when the infections happened, while all of the eatery’s 19 staff members tested negative, Au said, adding that 16 environmental samples taken from the eatery also tested negative.
He said the patients at the eatery were suspected to have the Omicron BA.4 or BA.5 subvariants and further investigation will be conducted.
Au said four residential care homes in Tuen Mun, Sai Kung, Kwun Tong, and Tsuen Wan reported five new cases involving four residents and one staff member.
He added that 23 suspected cases of the subvariant BA.2.12.1. were detected, including 20 that were untraceable.
Lau Ka-hin, chief manager (quality and standards) of the Hospital Authority, said in the same briefing that 761 COVID-19 patients were being treated in public hospitals, including 79 new patients. Eleven were in critical condition, including three in intensive care units, and 13 in serious condition.
Lau added that there was no new reported death, with the toll remaining at 9,192.
Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan (standing, right) chats with a resident who had just been vaccinated during a visit to the Community Vacination Center at Kwun Chung Sports Centre on July 3, 2022. Looking on is Samuel Kowk (standing, left), the person-in-charge of the medical partner of the CVC. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
Meanwhile, Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung Ho Poi-yan visited the Central Command Centre of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme and the Community Vaccination Centre at Kwun Chung Sports Centre on Sunday morning to inspect the operation and vaccination arrangement of CVCs after the typhoon.
"The government will continue to provide free COVID-19 vaccination service to members of the public and encourage them to get vaccinated in a timely manner,” Yeung said.
She added that the Home Vaccination Service for elderly persons and persons with special needs is also in full swing.
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