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CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 590 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 3 570 cases by RATs as well as 356 imported cases
     ​The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (November 4) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, November 4, the CHP was investigating 4 160 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 590 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (334 confirmed cases, 220 asymptomatic cases and 36 cases with pending status) and 3 570 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.
     Separately, 356 additional imported cases were reported, including 325 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (57 confirmed cases, 252 asymptomatic cases and 16 cases with pending status) and 31 cases that tested positive by RATs. Among the additional imported cases, 261 of them involved samples at the airport, 59 of them involved samples during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 36 involved samples during Day 4 to Day 7.
     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1 003 633 and 933 963 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 of the cases. Please refer to the Annex and the "COVID-19 Thematic Website" (www.coronavirus.gov.hk) for more information.
     The CHP has been closely monitoring the situation of positive cases involving mutant strains by genetic analysis. As of 0.00am, November 4, the DH's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) had identified 208 cases of sub-lineage XBB, six of XBD, eight of BA.2.75.2, seven of BA.4.6, 11 of BF.7 and 25 of BQ.1.1 among imported cases in Hong Kong, while seven cases of sub-lineage XBB, eight of XBD, one of BA.2.75.2 and 14 of BQ.1.1 have also been detected among local cases.
     Among the specimens received by the DH's PHLSB during October 26 to November 1 for verification testing of local cases, 0 per cent and 91 per cent of them (seven-day moving average) are related to the sub-lineages BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5 (including suspected cases) of the Omicron mutant strain respectively.
     In addition, as of 0.00am, November 4, a total of 10 226 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 10 139 and 84 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 10 439 death cases that 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 (November 3), the total number of confirmed cases was 436 948, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1 were 321 287, 31 and 244 452 respectively.
     The spokesman for the CHP said 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, children 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.
     The CHP appeals to the community to keep on maintaining personal hygiene and comply with social distancing measures in order to jointly contain the risk of virus transmission. The spokesman reminded members of the public that they can call various hotlines to make enquiries on COVID-19 (www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html#hotline).
Ends/Friday, November 4, 2022
Issued at HKT 16:45
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