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Published: 19:13, January 24, 2023 | Updated: 19:13, January 24, 2023
COVID: 36 more die as HK caseload falls under 2,000
By Wang Zhan
Published:19:13, January 24, 2023 Updated:19:13, January 24, 2023 By Wang Zhan

People queue up to receive China's COVID-19 vaccines in south China's Hong Kong, Feb. 23, 2021. (LO PING FAI / XINHUA)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s health authorities on Tuesday reported a total of 1,987 new COVID infections even as 36 people passed away from the infection.

The new cases comprised 1,950 locally acquired infections and 37 imported ones, according to the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH)

The city’s daily coronavirus infections have been trending down, with 2,271 cases recorded on Monday, 2,737 last Sunday, 3,507 last Saturday, 3,789 last Friday, and 4,015 last Thursday, data show.

No cases were reported from schools during their Lunar New Year holidays

Across the city, 24 residential care homes for the elderly and disabled filed 35 infections involving 33 residents and two staff members, said the CHP.

The CHP added that 36.98 percent of new specimens verified between Oct 10, 2022 and Jan 24, 2023 were linked to the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

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No cases were reported from schools during their Lunar New Year holidays.

As of Tuesday, the government had not identified any new cases involving mutant strains.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority (HA) said a total of 2,511 COVID patients were in hospital. They included 185 new admissions, 1,236 requiring isolation, 380 receiving oxygen therapy, and 49 on ventilator support.

The HA also said 132 COVID patients were in serious condition and 130 in critical condition, including 25 receiving intensive care. 

With Tuesday’s 36 deaths, the city’s death toll stood at 13,203, the health authorities said.

The HA added that the overall occupancy of medical beds in acute hospitals stood around 88 percent.

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