After the rebound of the epidemic in Hong Kong, there has been no significant decline. The number of confirmed cases in a single day has exceeded 10,000 for 12 consecutive days. Today (18th) there were 16,023 new confirmed cases, of which 876 were imported cases; 40 new patients died, a record high. The recent new high involves a 23-year-old man who is a long-term patient and has no vaccination record.
Summary of yesterday's epidemic:
- 15,774 confirmed cases, a slight increase of 0.3% compared with yesterday's cases, and remained at the level of 10,000 cases on the eleventh day.
- There were 813 imported cases, accounting for 5.15% of the overall case rate; compared with the 17,446 airport arrivals on the same day, the confirmed rate was 4.66%, and the seven-day average rate was 4.36%.
- 24 new patients died, the 7-day average mortality rate rose slightly to 0.184%, the overall mortality rate remained at 0.48%, and the cumulative death toll was 11,131.
- The local XBB cases increased by 6 to a total of 142 cases, the local BF.7 cases increased by 1 to a total of 9 cases, and the BQ.1.1 cases increased by 3 to a total of 166 cases.
- The number of cases in institutions remains high. Today, 35 institutions have reported cases, and 58 residents and 4 staff have been infected.
12.17｜An increase of 15,774 confirmed imported cases accounted for 813 cases and 24 more patients died
List of relaxed epidemic prevention measures:
1. Citizens no longer need to scan the "Travel with Peace of Mind", but they will still be "anti-scanned" when entering designated places, that is, they still need to use Vaccine Pass
2. The "yellow code" will be cancelled, and citizens can enter designated places after entering the country
. Nucleic acid testing for people from the Mainland and Macao at ports
4. Adjust the local nucleic acid testing strategy and gradually reduce the number of test announcements issued to residential buildings
5. Cancel the requirement for electronic wristbands for people in home quarantine
The immediate effective reproductive rate of local cases compiled by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong has recently dropped from the peak to 1.2326.
(Photo from the website of HKU Faculty of Medicine)
▼On December 18, the temperature in the urban area was 11 degrees, and citizens put on thick clothes to go out▼
World Cup Argentina vs. France｜The total business volume of the bar industry is expected to be about 700 million in the whole period, a drop of 30% from the previous session
[21:36] The World Cup in Qatar is coming to an end. Tonight (18th) at 11:00 pm Hong Kong time, the final between Argentina and France will be held.
A representative of the bar industry said that thanks to the relaxation of measures by the government and the World Cup, the business volume of the industry has increased by about 20% compared with before the epidemic. The total business volume during the World Cup was about 700 million Hong Kong dollars, but it was still down from the previous session 30%, consumption power also fell by about 10%.
Some industry representatives also revealed that although many bars are fully booked tonight, the occupancy rate for the previous games was only 50% to 60%. No." He also pointed out that due to the government's strict anti-epidemic measures, some bars were fined and closed for 14 days because customers violated anti-epidemic requirements during the World Cup, which resulted in missing the finals and the prime time for Christmas, with an estimated loss of more than 200,000 yuan .
Compulsory testing｜21 buildings on the list involving Yinhu in Ma'anshan.
Sky Peak, City One Shatin, etc.
[19:59] The Center for Health Protection announced the latest list of mandatory inspection buildings tonight (18th). Only 21 buildings were on the list, 2 buildings more than the 19 buildings announced last night.
Among them, 17 buildings were places visited by positive test cases. Among them, Sha Tin District, North District and Kwun Tong District each had 3 buildings on the list, including Silver Lake in Ma On Shan.
Tower 6 of Sky Peak, Tower H of Fanling Center in Fanling, Tower 1 of Lantian Scenery Garden, etc.
There are 4 other buildings where sewage samples tested positive, of which 2 buildings are located in Sha Tin District, including Yan Chung House, Xin On Estate, Ma On Shan, and Lok Chuen House, Shui Chuen O Estate, Sha Tin.
▼December 18, part of the building will be inspected▼
▼On December 16, the cargo efficiency of Xiangyuanwei Port was improved▼
[18:47] The 40 patients who died were 24 males and 16 females, aged between 23 and 100, and 13 of them came from institutions.
One of the deceased was a 23-year-old man with chronic illness and no injection record.
In addition, 4 people received 4 injections, 23 received 3 injections, 5 received 2 injections, and the remaining 8 deceased had no injection records.
Tseung Kwan O Nan Fung Plaza, Ma On Shan Tingtao Yayuan and other housing estates tested positive for government rapid test kits
[16:50] The new crown epidemic continues. The government stated today (18th) that the sewage test results in Central West, Sha Tin, Tai Po and Sai Kung districts were positive and the virus load was relatively high, indicating that hidden patients may exist in the premises in these areas , involving Heng Fu Court in Kennedy Town, Ting Tao Ya Yuan in Ma On Shan, Tai Po Fu.
For Yingmen, Tseung Kwan O Nanfeng Plaza and other housing estates, the government will distribute about 50,000 rapid antigen test kits in the area.
▼December 18, some residences with positive sewage test results▼
[16:50] The Center for Health Protection announced that there were 16,023 new confirmed cases in Hong Kong, of which 876 were imported cases, and an additional 40 people died in a single day, setting a recent record high.
▼On December 16, the high-speed rail West Kowloon Station lights up and people come in and out▼
Chief Justice Zhang Juneng of the Final Court is infected with Liu Yan, Permanent Secretary of the Labor and Welfare Bureau
[13:38] The Judiciary stated that the Chief Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Zhang Juneng, tested positive for the rapid antigen test and is now being quarantined in accordance with the guidelines of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health.
Zhang Juneng's last work date was last Friday (December 16). He wore a mask and followed relevant epidemic prevention measures at work, and performed rapid antigen tests every day. He has no recent travel history.
The judiciary will thoroughly clean and disinfect relevant offices, and will continue to strictly implement various anti-epidemic measures.
Mandatory testing｜Reduced to 19 buildings on the list involving Tseung Kwan O Center, Grand Yoho and Eddie Bay and other Tai Po Po villages, Chai Wan Xinghua 1 village, Tin Tsz Village in Tin Shui Wai positive 50,000 people need quick tests｜Mainland children yesterday Chih Xi's mother: Miracle
▼On December 16, the reporter actually tested the identity of "willing to check all" and was rejected for free testing▼
Epidemic situation in Macau｜Two elderly people infected with the new crown virus died yesterday, both without injections and with long-term illnesses.
12.17｜An increase of 15,774 confirmed imported cases accounted for 813 more cases and 24 more patients passed away and canceled their willingness to undergo all tests?
Reporter's actual test was rejected Medical and Health Bureau: Free testing is still available