Hong Kong reports 24 new COVID-19 cases

Hong Kong on Friday reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 13,120, according to data from the Center for Health Protection.

The newly reported cases consist of six imported cases, 11 cases epidemiologically linked with imported cases, two local cases, and five cases epidemiologically linked with local cases.

Twenty of the cases involve mutant strains, the mutation test results of three cases are pending, and the viral load of the remaining case is insufficient for mutation tests, the center said.

Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis of 11 cases announced earlier confirmed they all carried the Omicron variant of COVID-19, bringing the total number of Omicron infections to 506 in Hong Kong.

Since the launch of a mass inoculation program in February 2021, about 5.2 million people, or 77.2 percent of the eligible population, have taken at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while about 4.7 million, or 70.3 percent of the eligible population, have taken two doses.

Meanwhile, 737,067 people in Hong Kong have taken the third booster shot as of 8:00 p.m. local time Thursday.