The Department of Health announced today (22) that 5,990 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hong Kong, including 5,827 local cases and 163 imported cases. The Hospital Authority announced that 17 more patients had died today, with 12 of them not having completed the three shot vaccination yet.
The deaths included 9 men and 8 women, aged between 55 and 99.
The Hospital Authority announced that a female patient in the Caritas Orthopedic and Trauma Department developed a cough and fever on September 19, which was later confirmed through tests. Six female patients and six workers in the same room were diagnosed and are receiving treatment. The other two have been listed as close contacts to be quarantined, and visits to the relevant wards have been postponed.
Today, 5 more patients in 5 residential care homes for the elderly and 2 prisoners in 2 residential care homes for the disabled were diagnosed. In addition, a total of 746 cases were reported by schools, and 18 classes had to be suspended.
Au Ka-wing, chief physician of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Center for Health Protection, pointed out that the peak of the epidemic in Hong Kong had passed and that it had begun to stabilize and decline. When asked about news that Hong Kong will soon implement the “0 + 7” entry quarantine measures, that is, the mandatory hotel quarantine may be canceled, Au Jiarong pointed out that according to his understanding, the the government will consider any plan, and no decision has been made yet.