Hong Kong reports 4,322 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Hong Kong reports 4,322 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

On July 25, 2022, Pedestrians walk along the promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection, said at a news conference that 4,322 local infections and 280 imported cases comprised the new cases.

Of the 280 imported cases, 120 were detected at the airport, 125 at quarantine hotels and 35 after quarantine. Chuang said that the BA. 5 Omicron subvariants have caused an estimated 9 percent of the new COVID 19 infections in Hong Kong, more than the BA. There was a subvariant that accounted for 7.3 percent of the new cases.

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Lau Ka-hin, chief manager of quality and standards at the Hospital Authority, said in the same briefing that four more patients had passed away, bringing the city s toll to 9,322 during the fifth wave.

They included a 72-year-old man who collapsed at home on Friday. He was sent to the accident and emergency department of a public hospital where he was certified dead. Lau said that his case was referred to the coroner.

Three men aged 82 to 93 also suffered from underlying ailments, including hypertension, diabetes and renal impairment.

Lau said 1,467 patients were treated in public hospitals as of Saturday, including 188 new cases. Twenty-eight were in critical condition, including seven in intensive care and 16 in serious condition.

The authorities found 30 more malaria cases after around 100 arrivals from Africa were screened on Saturday, according to Lau. The patients will be sent to hospitals for treatment.

Lau said that currently 58 patients infected with malaria are being treated at public hospitals, including one in critical condition and two in serious condition. All of the patients have arrived from Africa. There have been two deaths since July.

Lau said the authorities will closely monitor the situation, adding that there are enough medication to treat infected patients.