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CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 1 430 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 2 459 cases by RATs verified as well as 234 imported cases
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (August 2) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, August 2, the CHP was investigating 3 889 additional locally acquired cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 1 430 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (592 confirmed cases, 613 asymptomatic cases and 225 cases with pending case status) and 2 459 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) verified in the past 24 hours.

     Separately, 234 additional imported cases were reported, including 219 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (18 confirmed cases, 154 asymptomatic cases and 47 cases with pending case status) and 15 cases tested positive by RATs.

     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 823 801 and 538 570 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" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk) for more information.

     As of yesterday (August 1), among the specimens received by the DH's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch in the past seven days for verification testing of local cases, about 5.7 per cent and 4.8 per cent of them are related to sub-lineages BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5 (including suspected cases) under the Omicron mutant strain respectively.
     
     In addition, as of 0.00am, August 2, a total of 9 307 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 9 227 and 77 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 9 520 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 356 622, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 230 832, 31 and 234 667 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/Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:39
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