Commuters wearing face masks ride an MTR subway train in Hong Kong, Oct 19, 2022. (VERNON YUEN / AP)
HONG KONG – The number of new COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong fell for the fourth consecutive day on Monday to 4,766, with 13 related deaths reported.
The new cases included 4,320 local infections and 446 imported ones, the Centre for Health Protection said in a statement. The last time the city saw new cases dip below 5,000 was on Oct 18, when 4,954 infections were reported.
The Centre for Health Protection said that the 13 new deaths brought the city’s COVID-19 death toll during the fifth wave of infections to 10,184
Among the imported cases on Monday, 299 were detected at the airport, 88 during Day 1 to Day 3, and the remaining 59 during Day 4 to Day 7.
As of Monday, the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch has identified 202 cases of sub-lineage XBB, six of XBD, eight of BA.2.75.2, six of BA.4.6, 11 of BF.7 and 22 of BQ.1.1 among imported cases in Hong Kong.
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Six cases of sub-lineage XBD, one of BA.2.75.2 and seven of BQ.1.1 were also found among local cases, it added.
The CHP said that the 13 new deaths brought the city’s COVID-19 death toll during the fifth wave of infections to 10,184.
Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority said in a separate statement that a total of 1,987 patients were being treated in public hospitals, including 184 new patients.
A total of 29 patients were in critical condition, including nine in intensive care, and 38 in serious condition, the HA said.
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There were also 146 patients who recovered, including 129 patients who had been discharged, it added.