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CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 1 711 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 2 610 cases by RATs verified as well as 226 imported cases
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (August 3) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, August 3, the CHP was investigating 4 321 additional locally acquired cases tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 1 711 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (614 confirmed cases, 764 asymptomatic cases and 333 cases with pending case status) and 2 610 cases tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) verified in the past 24 hours.

     Separately, 226 additional imported cases were reported, including 205 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests (four confirmed cases, 131 asymptomatic cases and 70 cases with pending case status) and 21 cases tested positive by RATs.

     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 825 717 and 541 201 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 2), 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 6.1 per cent and 5.3 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 3, a total of 9 311 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 9 231 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 9 524 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 357 291, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 231 687, 31 and 234 792 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/Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:25
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