CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 1 751 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 2 945 cases by RATs verified as well as 188 imported cases

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (July 29) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, July 29, the CHP was investigating 4 696 additional locally acquired cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 1 751 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (800 confirmed cases, 796 asymptomatic cases and 155 cases with pending case status) and 2 945 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) verified in the past 24 hours.

     Separately, 188 additional imported cases were reported, including 161 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (25 confirmed cases, 106 asymptomatic cases and 30 cases with pending case status) and 27 cases tested positive by RATs.

     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 816 977 and 527 700 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 28), Hong Kong had recorded a total of 19 cases, 2 656 cases and 3 044 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, 2 402 and 1 228 of them are local cases.

     In addition, as of 0.00am, July 29, a total of 9 285 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 9 206 and 76 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 9 498 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 353 629, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 227 262, 31 and 234 143 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.

     In support of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 early next month, the spokesman urged pregnant and lactating women to complete three doses of COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, so as to protect themselves and their babies as the antibodies generated after vaccination can be passed to the foetus through the placenta, and women can also provide protection to the babies during breastfeeding. The World Health Organization and the UNICEF also advise mothers who are suspected of or confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 to continue with breastfeeding when appropriate infection control measures are in place.

Ends/Friday, July 29, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:52