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CHP investigates 34 confirmed and 53 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 17 cases pending status by nucleic acid tests as well as 147 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (May 25) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, May 25, the CHP was investigating 104 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by nucleic acid tests (34 confirmed cases, 53 asymptomatic cases and 17 cases with pending case status) in the past 24 hours. Separately, 147 additional positive cases through rapid antigen tests (RATs) (77 symptomatic cases and 70 asymptomatic cases) were reported. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 761 509 and 449 578 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 28 imported cases (21 cases and seven 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.

     Meanwhile, according to the whole genome sequencing analysis by the DH's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 13 cases, 69 cases, 12 cases and three cases carrying the sub-lineages BA.2.12, BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5 under the Omicron mutant strain respectively.

     In addition, as of 0.00am, May 25, a total of 9 159 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 9 081 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 9 372 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 24), the total number of confirmed cases was 332 074, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 198 830, 23 and 230 478 respectively.

     As the passenger flight (EK384) operated by Emirates arriving in Hong Kong from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and Bangkok, Thailand, on May 23, had five passengers who failed to comply with the requirements specified under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances and Travellers) Regulation (Cap. 599H), as well as three passengers who tested positive upon arrival, the DH thus invoked Cap. 599H to prohibit the landing of passenger flights in Hong Kong from Dubai and Bangkok operated by Emirates from May 26 to 30.

     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.

     ​​The 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/Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:38
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