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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 23), a total of 4 394 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalised for treatment. Among the hospitalised confirmed patients, 605 were new patients, 2 934 required isolation, 552 required oxygen therapy and 80 required ventilator support. There were 21 newly reported critical patients and 26 newly reported serious patients. There were a total of 154 patients in critical condition and 163 in serious condition, of which 45 critical patients were receiving intensive care. Moreover, there were 490 patients who had recovered, including 421 patients who had been discharged. In addition, 37 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported.
     As at yesterday, there were three critical paediatric patients being hospitalised in public hospitals. The Hospital Authority (HA) received today (December 24) reports of one new critical 31-month-old girl at Tuen Mun Hospital and one new serious 15-month-old boy at Prince of Wales Hospital. The HA urges parents to step up the protection of their children and arrange for them to receive COVID-19 and seasonal influenza vaccination as soon as possible to reduce the risks of death or falling seriously ill should they unfortunately get infected.
     The overall occupancy of medical beds in acute hospitals is around 110 per cent.
     The HA 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 24, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:01
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