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CHP investigates locally acquired SARS-CoV-2 virus cases with 1 729 cases tested positive by nucleic acid tests and 7 423 cases by RATs as well as 227 imported cases
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     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (January 10) announced the latest epidemic situation of COVID-19. As of 0.00am, January 10, the CHP was investigating 9 152 additional locally acquired cases that tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, comprising 1 729 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (636 confirmed cases, 384 asymptomatic cases and 709 cases with pending status) and 7 423 cases that tested positive by rapid antigen tests (RATs) in the past 24 hours.

     Separately, 227 additional imported cases were reported, including 18 cases that tested positive by nucleic acid tests (five confirmed cases and 13 asymptomatic cases) and 209 cases that tested positive by RATs.

     Hong Kong has recorded a total of 1 199 088 and 1 591 872 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. The accumulative figures of cases identified by the DH's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch (PHLSB) as well as the proportion of sub-lineage and BA.4/BA.5 (including suspected cases) of the Omicron mutant strain among the specimens received by the DH's PHLSB for verification testing of local cases are listed in the Annex.

     In addition, as of 0.00am, January 10, a total of 12 268 death cases that had tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the fifth wave (since December 31, 2021) were recorded, with 12 152 and 112 deaths reported from the Hospital Authority and public mortuaries respectively as well as four deaths reported from private hospitals. Hong Kong has so far recorded a total of 12 481 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 (January 9), the total number of confirmed cases was 525 145, while the figures for asymptomatic cases, re-positive cases and pending/unknown cases recorded since January 1, 2022, were 414 159, 31 and 258 006 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.

     ‚ÄčThe CHP appeals to the community to keep on maintaining personal hygiene and comply with relevant mask requirements 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/Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Issued at HKT 16:50
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