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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 (January 7), a total of 4 818 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalised for treatment. Among the hospitalised confirmed patients, 416 were new patients, 2 779 required isolation, 803 required oxygen therapy and 86 required ventilator support. There were 22 newly reported critical patients and 28 newly reported serious patients. There were a total of 219 patients in critical condition and 238 in serious condition, of which 55 critical patients were receiving intensive care. Moreover, there were 440 patients who had recovered, including 361 patients who had been discharged. In addition, 66 patients who passed away in public hospitals were reported. According to preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 36 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 30 patients was not.
     The overall occupancy of medical beds in acute hospitals is around 111 per cent.
     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/Sunday, January 8, 2023
Issued at HKT 17:42
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