Source: Hong Kong Information Services
The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 278 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 115 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 163 were identified via rapid antigen tests.
Among the new cases, 18 are imported while the rest are locally infected.
A total of 1,193,688 people have contracted the virus since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, involving 9,131 deaths.
The centre also noted that an epidemic outbreak was found in Peony Golden Court, a restaurant in Yuen Long, with four patrons testing positive for the virus.
The patients, aged 47 to 66, had meals at the restaurant during the period from 6.30am to 9am on May 1. A compulsory testing notice was issued requiring those who visited the eatery within the same timeslot to get tested.
Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis conducted by the Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory Services Branch confirmed that one and two earlier imported cases carried the sub-lineage BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1 under the Omicron mutant strain respectively.
The three patients, involving one man and two women aged 17 to 36, arrived in Hong Kong from the US and Canada between April 30 and May 3. All of them tested positive upon arrival.
So far, Hong Kong has recorded a total of 13 relevant cases and all are imported.
Separately, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration to cover Tak On House of Hau Tak Estate in Tseung Kwan O, requiring people in the restricted area to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.
Due to a number of positive cases, 40 specified places are subject to compulsory testing. Mobile specimen collection stations have been set up in various districts.
As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Sha Tin and Southern District, the Housing Department and the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.
For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.