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CHP investigates 1 057 confirmed and 1 163 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 2 030 cases pending status by nucleic acid tests as well as 7 990 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests (with photo)
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (March 23) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, March 23, the CHP was investigating 4 250 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by nucleic acid tests (1 057 confirmed cases, 1 163 asymptomatic cases and 2 030 cases with pending case status) in the past 24 hours. Separately, 7 990 additional positive cases through rapid antigen tests (RAT) (5 109 symptomatic cases and 2 881 asymptomatic cases) were reported. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 705 152 and 382 998 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RAT respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.

     The aforementioned newly reported cases consist of four imported cases and 4 246 locally acquired cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests, as well as 7 990 locally acquired cases tested positive by RAT. The CHP is continuing with epidemiological investigations on the cases. A list of buildings related to the cases is available at the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk).

     In addition, as of 0.00am, March 23, a total of 6 356 deaths that have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) was recorded, with 6 321 and 35 deaths reported from the Hospital Authority and public mortuaries respectively. Hong Kong has so far recorded a total of 6 569 deaths that have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

     Furthermore, among the earlier cases by nucleic acid tests reported, there were cases (including pending cases) changed to confirmed, asymptomatic or re-positive cases. As at yesterday (March 22), the total number of confirmed cases was 279 253, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases, pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 141 341, 10 and 280 298 respectively.

     The spokesman for the CHP stressed that the local situation of COVID-19 infection became severe recently and there is a continuous increase in the number of cases involving mutant strains that carry higher transmissibility. With the higher transmissibility and risk of infection of the Omicron mutant strain, the CHP strongly appeals to the community to continue to comply with the social distancing measures, avoid going out and refrain from participating in unnecessary or crowded activities or gatherings (particularly religious or cross-family activities and gatherings). This would lower the risk of infection and prevent the virus from spreading in the community.

     ‚ÄčThe spokesman reminded that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe cases and deaths from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They can provide effective protection to those vaccinated in preventing serious complications and even death after infection. People who are yet to receive vaccination, especially senior citizens, chronic patients and other immunocompromised persons who face a higher chance of death after COVID-19 infection, should get vaccinated as early as possible for self-protection and to reduce the risk of falling seriously ill and death should they get infected. Meanwhile, a person who gets COVID-19 and influenza at the same time may be more seriously ill and would have a higher risk of death. Influenza vaccination may reduce the likelihood of hospitalisation and the length of stay. In addition, seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months or above except those with known contraindications. Persons at higher risk of getting influenza and its complications, including the elderly and children, should receive seasonal influenza vaccination early. Please see details of the vaccination schemes on the CHP's website (www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/17980.html).
 
Ends/Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Issued at HKT 20:20
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The Controller of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH), Dr Edwin Tsui (centre); the Principal Medical and Health Officer of the Communicable Disease Branch of the CHP of the DH, Dr Albert Au (left); and the Chief Manager (Integrated Clinical Services) of the Hospital Authority, Dr Larry Lee (right), hold a press briefing on the latest situation of COVID-19 today (March 23).