Hong Kong: BA.2 causes 7 times more deaths among hospitalised children than flu

A study from University of Hong Kong found that 15 per cent of children hospitalised with Omicron BA.2 had developed neurological complications

According to the report, about 15 per cent of hospitalised youngsters who had contracted the sub-variant developed neurological complications and more than 6 per cent had respiratory complications, with 21 children being sent to paediatric intensive care....More...

Hong Kong: Omicron BA.2 with S:I1221T mutation designated BA.2.2

The dominant BA.2 lineage in Hong Kong with the spike mutation at I1221T has been designated BA.2.2.

The BA.2 lineage has been split at a point that makes it easier to separate the Hong Kong variant from a BA.2 variant circulating in the UK that has a similar mutation....More...

Hong Kong: Omicron BA.2 with S:I1221T mutation at 100% of recent sequences *6 UPDATES*

A catchup post looking at the BA.2 variant with mutation S:I1221T. The combination is found in  most of the recent BA.2 sequences from Hong Kong, so the mutation may be significant....More...

Hong Kong: Nine day lockdown expected

South China Morning Post are reporting that a nine-day Covid-19 lockdown of Hong Kong is expected, and that “each resident will be required to undergo three tests during the mass testing,” the source said....More...

Hong Kong: Link between Covid cases and deaths re-established *4 UPDATES*

Hong Kong may impose a hard lockdown that confines people to their homes, authorities signalled Monday 28th February 2022, with the city’s zero-COVID strategy in tatters and bodies piling up in hospitals....More...

Is the global Sars-CoV-2 decline already petering out? *4 UPDATES & 1 PREDICTION*

Is the Omicron decline already petering out? There’s not much to go on yet, a few stutters in the world cases chart, some countries starting to see new surges, but it all looks vaguely familiar....More...

Hong Kong: Transmission of Sars-CoV-2 Delta strain from hamsters to humans and onward human propagation of the adapted strain

Two separate transmission events from Syrian hamsters to humans are documented, one leading to onward household spread.

Over 50% of individually tested Syrian hamsters in the pet shop (8/16) and warehouse (7/12) were positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection in RT-PCR or serological tests....More...