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CHP investigates 110 confirmed and 165 asymptomatic additional SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 30 cases pending status by nucleic acid tests as well as verified 432 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (June 13) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, June 13, the CHP was investigating 305 additional cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by nucleic acid tests (110 confirmed cases, 165 asymptomatic cases and 30 cases with pending case status) in the past 24 hours. Separately, 432 positive cases through rapid antigen tests (RATs) were verified. Hong Kong has recorded a total of 765 371 and 454 541 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 104 imported cases (79 cases and 25 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, as of yesterday (June 12), Hong Kong had recorded a total of 19 cases, 237 cases, 24 cases and 41 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, June 13, a total of 9 177 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 9 099 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 9 390 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, the total number of confirmed cases was 333 542, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 201 132, 24 and 230 368 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, June 13, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:25
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