The new crown epidemic continues. The Center for Health Protection said today (20th) that there were an average of 15,610 reported cases per day in the past week, a slight increase of 12% from the previous week.
Since the level of cases exceeded 14,000 two weeks ago, it has hovered between 14,000 and 15,000 in the past two weeks, and the epidemic seems to have stabilized.
As for the death cases, a total of 222 cases were recorded in the past week, an increase of 24% from the previous week.
Li Xiayin, deputy director of the Medical and Health Bureau, said that the number of deaths is life. The recent daily death toll has been three to forty.
The number of hospitalizations in the Hospital Authority has increased in the past week. There were more than 3,700 hospitalized patients at the beginning of last week, and more than 4,100 people have been admitted to the hospital so far.
The daily number of new hospital admissions has also increased from about 720 last week to about 780 recently, and 20% of the inpatients are from institutions.
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Ou Jiarong, Chief Doctor of the Infectious Disease Division of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health, said that in the past week, there were an average of 15,610 reported cases per day, a slight increase of 12% from last week.
After the level of confirmed cases exceeded 14,000 two weeks ago, the number of confirmed cases in the past two weeks is still hovering at 14,000 to 15,000, and the epidemic seems to be stabilizing.
The number of deaths in the past week increased by 24%
Among the confirmed cases, local cases accounted for the majority. There were 34,000 cases in one week, an increase of 11.7% from last week.
As for imported cases, inbound tourists are gradually increasing, with 95,000 passengers in a week in mid-November and nearly 120,000 in the latest week.
The daily number of imported cases last week was 853, an increase of 18.8% from the previous week.
Imported confirmed cases accounted for 4.28%, of which 55% were positive for airport samples.
Imported cases accounted for about 5.7% of the overall confirmed cases, maintaining a stable level.
In addition, in terms of death cases, a total of 222 cases were recorded in the past week, an increase of 24% from the previous week.
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In the past week, 11,000 students and 2018 teachers were diagnosed
Ou said that the number of cases in residential care homes for the elderly is at a high level. In the past week, 390 homes had newly reported cases, involving 1,624 residents and 737 staff.
There were 165 newly reported cases in residential care homes for the disabled, involving 345 residents and 295 staff.
In schools, confirmed cases have increased by 15%, which is similar to the increase in community cases.
In the past week, 11,000 students and 2,018 teachers were diagnosed, an increase of 10 to 15%.
In terms of new variant virus strains, currently the most imported cases involving new variant virus cases are XBB, followed by BQ.1.1.
The most local cases are BQ.1.1, followed by XBB.
Local new mutant virus strains accounted for less than 2% of all cases, the most important BA.5 of the Omicron virus strain accounted for 60%, and other BA.2 branches accounted for 36%.
Sewage monitoring is at a high level. In the past one to two weeks, the per capita sewage virus content has ranged from 1.5 million to 2 million, which is higher than before. However, the real-time effective virus reproduction rate of HKU has gradually dropped from 1.37 in early December to 1.18 in the past week.
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Ou Jiarong pointed out that according to WHO data, the global number of new crown cases has increased slightly in the past few weeks, but there does not seem to be a sharp increase, and it is expected that winter will come, and the global new crown epidemic will be active.
Currently, BA.5, which belongs to the Omicron virus strain, accounts for the most cases in the world, accounting for 73.7%, followed by BA.2.
BQ.1 also accounted for 33.9%, and XBB accounted for 3.9%.
New hospital admissions rise to 780
Kwan Wai Man, Chief Administrative Manager (Medical Grade) of the Hospital Authority, said that the number of hospitalizations has increased in the past week. There were more than 3,700 hospitalized patients at the beginning of last week, and more than 4,100 people have been admitted to the hospital so far.
The number of new hospital admissions per day has also risen from over 720 last week to around 780 recently. Among them, the proportion of patients from institutions has increased, and 20% of the inpatients are from institutions.
Among the patients currently hospitalized, 260 are in critical condition, and about 580 need ventilators and oxygen.
The number of hospital admissions for non-coronavirus cases has increased. Yesterday more than 5,300 people sought medical treatment, of which about 1,000 were admitted to the internal medicine ward through the emergency department. The utilization rate of internal medicine beds in public hospitals is high, with 113%.
The bureau will monitor the situation closely to cope with the additional service demand in winter and ensure that there are enough manpower, hospital beds and resources to take care of patients.
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