The newly reported cases were imported from places including the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands, France, the US, Canada and Nepal.
They involved four men and 13 women, aged 20 to 54. Two of them had received the booster jab, while two had received only one dose of Covid-19 vaccine. The rest were all fully vaccinated. Five patients developed symptoms.
Among them eight are foreign domestic helper from the Philippines, arriving between December 28 and 30, 2021.
Fifteen of the new cases involved mutant strains. The mutation test result of one case is pending, while the viral load of the remaining one case is insufficient for mutation test. Six tested positive during quarantine while 10 tested positive at the airport.
One of the patients is the 30-year-old female ground crew member at the airport, who has been listed as an import-related case. Block 2, Grandeur Terrace in Tin Shui Wai, where she lives at, was locked down Friday night and no resident there tested positive.
The Centre for Health Protection also detected eight more Omicron cases, involving eight men aged 16 to 76. Four tested positive at the airport, three at quarantine facilities and one at a public hospital.
So far Hong Kong reported 95 Omicron cases.
As the center has recorded increasing number of asymptomatic and re-positive cases, with effect from today, the center will further differentiate the cases which were tested positive into three categories: confirmed, asymptomatic and re-positive in the daily press release and at the website.
Hong Kong's Covid tally now stands at 12,667.
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