The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong continued to rise, with more than 2,800 cases recorded yesterday. The number of newly admitted and hospitalized patients has also increased day by day. The Hospital Authority is worried that the rising trend will continue to put a lot of pressure on hospitals, and predicts that some non-emergency services may be required. pause. The CHP pointed out that the proportion of local suspected Omicron BA.4 or BA.5 sub-strain cases has recently increased to nearly 1%. The authorities will continue to monitor the situation and appeal to citizens who have symptoms but who have tested negative for rapid tests, and do not. Should go out and should be tested for nucleic acid.
There were 2,815 new confirmed cases in a single day, of which 143 were imported cases. The number of confirmed cases is 547 more than the previous day. The CHP is not sure whether it is related to the short-term closure of the testing center and the long weekend earlier, and believes that it needs to be observed for a few more days. However, the daily number of new admissions and hospitalizations in public hospitals is on the rise. Among them, the daily number of new hospital admissions has increased from nearly 40 last month when the epidemic slowed down to more than 100 a day recently, and the number of hospital stays has doubled from about 400 at the beginning of last month to about 830.
No non-emergency service indicator set
Guan Huimin, the chief administrative manager of the Hospital Authority, said that the public hospital can still cope with it, but he is worried that if the number of confirmed cases rises significantly, it will put a lot of pressure on the public hospital. She pointed out that the HA has been preparing beds, manpower and other arrangements, predicting that if the number of cases continues to increase, or some non-emergency services may be suspended, but she stressed that non-diagnosed patients also have their medical needs, so there will be no indicators “how many patients or how many are received. bed” before suspending non-emergency services.
Local suspected cases of BA.4 or BA.5 increased by 22 yesterday, including two employees in Kwun Tong who are hot pot eaters, and eight others who were family members of the previous patient or lived in the same building. The CFS has noticed that the proportion of the cases has gradually increased, from 0% on the 21st of last month to about 0.8% to 1% now. In view of the high transmissibility of the virus and the possibility of secondary infection, the authorities will continue to pay attention and closely monitor it.
Zhang Zhujun, director of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Centre for Health Protection, said that the source of many suspected BA.4 or BA.5 cases is unknown recently, and it is believed that there is a chain of transmission in the community. case.
When asked about the proportion of severe cases in BA.4 or BA.5, Zhang Zhujun pointed out that there is no big difference from the popular BA.2.2. She stressed that the rapid test has its limitations or failed to detect a low viral load, and urged citizens with symptoms to seek medical attention and do nucleic acid testing even if the rapid test is negative. Hong Kong recorded 19 cases of BA.2.12.1 yesterday, and the authorities said that the daily rate was 1% to 1.67%, with a relatively stable increase.
Ying Wa College adds one new case
The center received 239 positive cases from 209 schools yesterday, and 4 schools had classes suspended due to multiple confirmed cases. One more student from Class 1C of Ying Wa College in Cheung Sha Wan was diagnosed with the virus. He is a family member of a student who was diagnosed earlier. Another 71-year-old female patient with long-term illness was admitted to the hospital on Sunday due to shortness of breath, and her death was postponed until the day before yesterday. A total of 9,193 deaths were reported in the fifth wave of the epidemic.
Originally published on AM730 https://www.am730.com.hk/local/worry about secondary infection caused by the spread of the new virus-surge in hospital admissions-non-emergency services or suspension/327434