City logs 9,033 new Covid cases and 11 deaths

Hong Kong confirmed 9,033 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, including 129 imported cases and 11 deaths.

"There are signs that the epidemic seems to be alleviated," said Chuang Shuk-kwan, Head of the Communicable Disease Branch of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health.

"But it will still require a long time to see if the percentage of BA.5 virus variant infection reaches a peak and whether the cases will bounce back after the holiday," she claimed, noting that people infected with BA.5 variant account for nearly 66.4 percent of all patients.

Five were triple-vaccinated among the 11 fatalities of eight men and three women aged from 46 to 95.

Public hospitals now accommodate 2,711 Covid-19 patients, including 340 newly admitted, 54 in critical conditions, and 57 with severe symptoms.

When asked whether more beds would be reserved for Covid patients in the next few days, Chief Manager (Integrated Clinical Services) of the Hospital Authority Larry Lee Lap-yip said it was not time to relax.

"The previous waves of the epidemic shared the common symptom that all of them came 'quickly and may rebound after holidays'", he said, "health authorities will continue to prepare as many beds as possible."

The daily cases of people hospitalized maintained between 2,600 to 2,800 recently.