A tram (bottom) waits at a tram stop in Hong Kong on Oct 21, 2022. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported 6,014 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, a slight decrease from the 6,575 infections recorded on Sunday, as 10 more infected patients passed away.

In a statement, the Centre for Health Protection said the new cases included 5,458 local infections and 556 imported cases. The city reported 5,599 infections on Friday and 5,723 cases on Saturday.

The 10 new reported deaths brought the city’s toll during the fifth wave of infections to 10,323

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It said 13 residential care homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities had 28 new cases while 811 schools recorded 1,554 students and 297 staff members getting infected over the weekend.

Eight schools had to suspend nine in-person classes for one week after cases were detected, the CHP said.

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In a separate statement, the Hospital Authority said a total of 2,141 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were being treated in public hospitals, including 294 new patients. It said 181 patients required oxygen therapy while 13 patients needed ventilator support.

Forty patients were in critical condition, including 10 receiving intensive care, while 49 were in serious condition, the HA added.