CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 1 408 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 2 125 cases by RATs verified as well as 229 imported cases

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 16) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, July 16, the CHP was investigating 3 533 additional locally acquired cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 1 408 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (593 confirmed cases, 683 asymptomatic cases and 132 cases with pending case status) and 2 125 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) verified in the past 24 hours.
     Separately, 229 additional imported cases were reported, including 214 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (six confirmed cases, 143 asymptomatic cases and 65 cases with pending case status) and 15 cases tested positive by RATs.

     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 794 811 and 496 039 cases that have tested positive by nucleic acid tests and RATs respectively for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far. 

     The CHP is continuing with epidemiological investigations on the cases. Please refer to the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" ( for more information.

     Meanwhile, according to the analysis by the DH's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch, as of yesterday (July 15), Hong Kong had recorded a total of 19 cases, 1 101 cases and 916 cases carrying the sub-lineages BA.2.12, BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5 under the Omicron mutant strain respectively (including suspected cases), among which zero, 874 and 252 of them are local cases. 
     In addition, as of 0.00am, July 16, a total of 9 220 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 9 142 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 9 433 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 344 780, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 215 759, 24 and 232 626 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.

     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/Saturday, July 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:40