Hong Kong logs 558 Covid-19 infections, even after tightening rules on caseloads

After too many residents submitted misleading results, government now only includes checked results in its daily tally.

Hong Kong confirmed 558 Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, higher than the number the day before, even after health authorities tightened their criteria by counting only verified cases.

The latest tally included 301 rapid antigen test (RAT) results that were confirmed by an extra polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, up slightly from 258 a day ago when the new rule of only announcing verified results came into effect.

But Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch at the Centre for Health Protection (CHP), cautioned that all but 30 of those 301 results were previously disclosed before the more stringent checking was adopted.