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

     As at yesterday (December 9), a total of 3 555 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are hospitalised for treatment. Among the hospitalised confirmed patients, 520 were new patients, 2 470 required isolation, 378 required oxygen therapy and 28 required ventilator support. There were 15 newly reported critical patients and 16 newly reported serious patients. There were a total of 74 patients in critical condition and 98 in serious condition, of which 26 critical patients are receiving intensive care. Moreover, there were 354 patients who have recovered, including 316 patients who have been discharged. In addition, 21 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported.
     The overall occupancy of medical beds in acute hospitals is around 101 per cent.
     The spokesperson for the HA said, "The HA has enhanced the services of Designated Clinics for COVID-19 and tele-consultation to support confirmed patients, especially high risk patients. We particularly call on infected patients who are elderly, with chronic disease or with low immunity should arrange consultation as early as practicable. Doctors will prescribe oral antiviral drugs for suitable patients. Drug delivery will be arranged for patients who receive tele-consultation service. Patients should take the drugs as instructed and complete the course of treatment to lower the risk of deterioration."
     The HA will also proactively contact high-risk patients through the "Patient Support Call Centre" service, which renders support to patients and assists them in arranging booking designated clinics and tele-consultation services. Patients in need can also contact the HA hotline 1836155 for assistance.
     For details of booking designated clinics or tele-consultation, please visit the websitewww.ha.org.hk/haho/ho/cc/designated_clinics_eng.pdf .
     The spokesperson reminds members of the public the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections has continuously increased recently. The public should stay vigilant and be aware of personal hygiene to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
     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/Saturday, December 10, 2022
Issued at HKT 17:18
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