A woman walks in front of a Sampan boat on the water in Ap Lei Chau in Hong Kong on Nov 21, 2022. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
HONG KONG - Hong Kong recorded 8,033 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday while 20 more infected patients passed away, health authorities said.
In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection said that the new cases included 7,530 local infections and 503 imported cases. There were 8,874 new cases reported on Saturday.
The 20 new reported deaths brought the city’s toll during the pandemic to 10,692, the Centref or health Protection said
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The 20 new reported deaths brought the city’s toll during the pandemic to 10,692, the CHP added.
It said 12 residential care homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities had 16 new cases while three schools each had to suspend one in-person class for a week due to infections.
As of Sunday, Public Health Laboratory Services Branch had identified 224 cases of sub-lineage XBB, six of XBD, eight of BA.2.75.2, seven of BA.4.6, 12 of BF.7 and 34 of BQ.1.1 among imported cases in Hong Kong.
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On the other hand, 80 cases of sub-lineage XBB, 16 of XBD, one of BA.2.75.2, two of BF.7 and 102 of BQ.1.1 have also been detected among local cases, the CHP said.
It added that 75.2 percent of new cases verified from Nov 18 to 24 were linked to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Hospital Authority Henry Fan Hung-ling has tested positive for COVID-19, an HA spokesperson said in a statement.
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Fan, who is undergoing isolation, last attended an HA activity on Saturday. He followed anti-virus measures, including wearing a mask, and has no recent travel history, the spokesperson added.
In a separate statement, the HA said that a total of 2,625 COVID-19 patients were being treated in public hospitals as of Sunday, including 301 new patients
There were 289 patients requiring oxygen therapy while 21 patients needed ventilator support, the HA said.
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Sixty-one patients were in critical condition, including 16 receiving intensive care, while 67 were in serious condition, the HA added.
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