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CHP investigates 24 confirmed and 82 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with seven cases pending status by nucleic acid tests as well as 121 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (May 16) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, May 16, the CHP was investigating 113 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by nucleic acid tests (24 confirmed cases, 82 asymptomatic cases and seven cases with pending case status) in the past 24 hours. Separately, 121 additional positive cases through rapid antigen tests (RATs) (62 symptomatic cases and 59 asymptomatic cases) were reported. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 760 515 and 448 225 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.

     The aforementioned newly reported cases consist of 42 imported cases (39 cases and three cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs 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, May 16, a total of 9 148 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded (i.e. no new reported cases), with 9 070 and 75 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 9 361 death cases that have 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 (May 15), the total number of confirmed cases was 331 633, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 198 158, 23 and 230 588 respectively.

     The spokesman for the CHP stressed that as the local situation of COVID-19 infection is still severe, the CHP strongly appeals to the community to continue to comply with social distancing measures, avoid going out and refrain from participating in unnecessary or crowded activities or 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.
 
Ends/Monday, May 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:25
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