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Hong Kong’s current Covid-19 wave ‘may have peaked’

Authorities record 31,402 new cases and 180 deaths; residents warned to remain vigilant and maintain social distancing to cut transmission rate.

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Authorities record 31,402 new cases and 180 deaths; residents warned to remain vigilant and maintain social distancing to cut transmission rate.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

Hong Kong health officials said that the current Covid-19 wave has seemingly peaked, after they reported 31,402 new cases yesterday.

The Centre of Health Protection (CHP) said 24,390 of the new infections were confirmed in laboratories using PCR tests, while 7,012 cases were reported by patients who tested positive in self-administered rapid tests.

Albert Au Ka-wing of the CHP said it looked like the outbreak had peaked at the beginning of March and there were signs that infections were dropping.

“We have seen the peak around 3 March reaching over 50,000 cases per day. After that, there was a decrease in the number of positive cases to around 30,000 which then further decreased to a level of about 25,000 to 30,000 in the past four days,” he said.

“We’ve already reached the peak.”

However, he said people should stay vigilant and comply with social distancing rules, so as to cut off more transmission chains.

Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority (HA) said 180 Covid-19 patients died in the past day, including a 48-year-old man who was otherwise healthy.

A chief manager of the Hospital Authority, Sara Ho Yuen-ha, said the man tested positive for Covid-19 in a rapid test on 6 March.

He sought treatment at a public hospital two days later as he suffered from abdominal pain. The patient subsequently developed sepsis and passed away.

Ho noted that Fung Yiu King Hospital in Pokfulam would be converted into another designated hospital with 260 beds for Covid-19 patients from today.

Macao’s Covid-19 tally totals 82, with no fatalities, according to the Health Bureau, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:40 am

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