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CHP investigates 159 confirmed and 300 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 768 cases pending status by nucleic acid tests as well as 1 265 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (with photo)
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (April 8) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, April 8, the CHP was investigating 1 227 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by nucleic acid tests (159 confirmed cases, 300 asymptomatic cases and 768 cases with pending case status) in the past 24 hours. Separately, 1 265 additional positive cases through rapid antigen tests (RAT) (644 symptomatic cases and 621 asymptomatic cases) were reported. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 749 337 and 436 390 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 eight imported cases (three cases and five cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RAT respectively). The CHP is continuing with epidemiological investigations on the cases. Please refer to the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk) for more information.

     In addition, as of 0.00am, April 8, a total of 8 430 deaths that have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 8 371 and 56 deaths reported from the Hospital Authority and public mortuaries respectively as well as three deaths reported from the Chinese University of Hong Kong Medical Centre. Hong Kong has so far recorded a total of 8 643 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 (April 7), the total number of confirmed cases was 307 891, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases, pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 182 167, 10 and 258 042 respectively.

     The spokesman for the CHP stressed that the local situation of COVID-19 infection is still severe, 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 have 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/Friday, April 8, 2022
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The Principal Medical and Health Officer of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Dr Albert Au (left), and the Chief Manager (Quality and Standards) of the Hospital Authority, Dr Lau Ka-hin, hold a press briefing on the latest situation of COVID-19 today (April 8).