Hong Kong sees record 26,026 new Covid-19 cases, 83 deaths


People walk past a wet market in Hong Kong's Kwun Tong area on Feb 26, 2022, as authorities announced a record number of new infections. - AFP

HONG KONG (China Daily/Asia News Network): Hong Kong reported a record high of 26,026 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as a health official said infections were expected to continue to rise as the city grapples with its worst coronavirus outbreak.

Albert Au Ka-wing, principal medical and health officer of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said the new cases included 26,019 local infections and seven imported cases. On Saturday, 17,063 cases were detected.

“Indeed, we are very worried because (we have) over 26,000 cases today. That’s very worrying. And in the past few days, the number exceeded 10,000 every day. It ranged out from 10,000 to 20,000,” Au said.

“And today, it has reached another peak. If you look at the trend in the past few weeks, actually the case number is still on the rise. Therefore, we expect that within the foreseeable future, there will still be a rising trend,” he added.

The city’s tally of confirmed cases stood at 171,314, of which 158,683 infections were detected during the current fifth wave of infections.

“We ask you all to stay at home as far as possible. Please reduce your social activities as much as possible. If you don’t feel well, get tested,” Au said.

Lau Ka-hin, chief manager (quality and standards) of the Hospital Authority, said 83 patients, aged 19 to 100 years old, passed away in the last 24 hours. They included 53 males and 30 females.

Of the 83 patients who died, only 13 were vaccinated, Lau said, adding that 67 of the patients who died came from residential care homes for the elderly.

Lau also said that the 19-year-old patient who died was a resident of a residential care home for persons with disability. He had a chronic illness and was intubated.

Lau also said that there were 27 deaths that were not reported earlier.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Hong Kong , covid-19 , cases

   

Next In Aseanplus News

At least 174 dead in Indonesia football stadium stampede (update)
Cuban PM Manuel Marrero Cruz to visit Cambodia on Tuesday (Oct 4)
Brunei has only one patient in serious section until Sunday (Oct 2)
Asean countries unite in Laos to make pact and end violence against women
Miss Universe Myanmar 2022 is Zar Li Moe ... model beats 15 other contestants in final held in Yangon
Hamzah: Home Ministry plans platform to tackle cyberbullying
Hishammuddin: LCS mobilisation phase going as planned
China factory activity expands for first time in 3 months, beats expectations in September
Why the rush for GE? Hamzah asks Umno
How blowing hot air propelled Chinese scientists to energy storage breakthrough

Others Also Read