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Public hospitals daily update on COVID-19 cases
The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     As at 0.00am today (October 25), a total of 1 947 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are currently hospitalised for treatment, including 263 new patients. Currently, there are 197 patients requiring oxygen therapy and 12 patients requiring ventilator support. Among the patients staying in isolation facilities, 445 patients are in isolation wards, 125 patients are in second-tier isolation wards and 490 patients are in the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, of which 175 in total are new patients. There are three newly reported critical patients and nine newly reported serious patients. There are a total of 25 patients in critical condition and 50 are in serious condition, of which nine critical patients are receiving intensive care. Moreover, there are 262 patients who have recovered, including 227 patients who have been discharged. In addition, 10 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported.
     In the fifth wave of the epidemic, there are 78 121 patients who have recovered so far, including 77 765 patients who have been discharged. And since early 2020, there are 90 501 patients who have recovered, including 90 145 patients who have been discharged.
     Four patients in a female forensic ward of Castle Peak Hospital have been diagnosed as having COVID-19 since October 22. Investigation found two more patients who were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 without symptoms.
     All patients are being treated under isolation with stable condition. Admission and visiting arrangements for the ward concerned have been suspended. Thorough cleaning and disinfection operations have been conducted in the areas concerned, while infection control measures have been enhanced.
     The Hospital Authority will maintain close contact with the Centre for Health Protection to monitor the latest developments and to inform the public and healthcare workers on the latest information in a timely manner.
Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Issued at HKT 19:15
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