Today’s increase of 329 confirmed cases includes 35 imported cases and one more BA.5 case

[ Eastnet News]The fifth wave of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in Hong Kong continues. Zhang Zhujun, director of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, announced today (31st) that there were 329 new confirmed cases, including 35 imported cases. There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours. One more case of Omicron BA.5 variant virus and another 6 cases of BA.2.12.1, all of which are imported cases. Regarding the recovery of the number of cases to more than 300, Zhang said that the spread is not as expected, or is related to the new crown vaccination, describing the current epidemic situation in a stalemate, but the trend is still stable and requires continuous observation.

The new family case in Kangjing Garden is suspected to be infected with the BA.2.12.1 virus. It is in the same building as the previous McDonald’s group. It is estimated that the two are related. In addition, a new warehouse clerk working on the 1st floor of the New Wing of the Convention and Exhibition has been confirmed to have breakfast in the staff canteen. Employees who have been to the staff canteen every day are required to undergo mandatory testing. It is estimated that there is a hidden transmission chain, but it is not directly related to the McDonald’s group.

Another 27 schools reported cases involving 24 schools. A total of 14 more cases were reported in the two bars in Central, of which the upstairs bar “Zentral” accounted for 4 cases. As for imported cases, 19 were airport cases, of which 8 were people who arrived in Hong Kong yesterday (30th), involving 5 flights; 11 arrived the day before yesterday (29th), involving 3 flights respectively; and another 16 people Uncovered in a quarantine hotel.

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