Published: 11:56, July 24, 2021 | Updated: 16:14, July 25, 2021
HK logs 2 new cases, sets daily vaccination record of 70,600 jabs
By Wang Zhan

People watch a Star Ferry leaves the pier in Hong Kong on July 6, 2021. (PETER PARKS / AFP)

HONG KONG - Hong Kong reported two new imported COVID-19 infections on Saturday, one day after the city set another daily record of COVID-19 vaccinations since the start of the citywide vaccination program on Feb 26.

The new cases involved a 36-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates and a 26-year-old woman from the United States, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health said.

The government administered 70,600 coronavirus vaccine shots on Friday, a record since the territory’s vaccine rollout started on Feb 26

Both patients remained asymptomatic. The man has stayed at Regal Airport Hotel at Chek Lap Kok while the woman at Hotel Indigo in Wan Chai upon their arrival in Hong Kong respectively. 

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A total of 24 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including 23 imported cases and one import-related case, the CHP said.

Thirty-two COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized in nine public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, including one in critical condition, the Hospital Authority said.

The city's overall infection tally stood at 11,975.

On Friday, a total of 70,600 coronavirus vaccine shots were administered, a record since the territory’s vaccine rollout started on Feb 26, the government said in a separate statement.

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As of Friday night, more than 5.14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public. 

Around 2.98 million people in the financial hub have received their first dose. Among them, around 2.16 million have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 31.8 percent of the eligible population in Hong Kong.

The mainland-made Sinovac vaccines and Germany-produced BioNTech shots are available in Hong Kong.