The Health Ministry is continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 cases based on case numbers reported, positivity rates being compiled from hotel, airport and hospital workers and absenteeism rates from selected industries and schools.
Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said they have registered 17 patients who have incidentally tested positive for COVID-19 while being admitted to the hospital.
He said correspondingly, they are currently focusing on implementing COVID safe measures around those vulnerable to the severe effects of COVID-19.
“This includes escalating measures in hospitals, old people’s homes and facilities catering for disabled persons. As such we expect to escalate screening protocols and masking for staff, patients and visitors.”
“Furthermore, visitor restrictions will be in place.”
According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry, 70 new infections and 30 recoveries have been recorded in the last seven days and there are now 177 active cases.