HONG KONG, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong on Monday recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the total tally of cases testing positive to 13,048, according to data from the Center for Health Protection (CHP).
The newly reported cases consist of three imported cases, three cases epidemiologically linked with imported cases and one local case.
Six of the cases involved mutant strains, while the viral load of the remaining case is insufficient for mutation tests, the CHP said.
Meanwhile, the whole genome sequencing analysis of 40 cases announced earlier showed they all carried the Omicron variant of COVID-19, bringing the total number of Omicron infections to 453 in Hong Kong.
Since the launch of a mass inoculation program in February 2021, more than 5.15 million people, or 76.5 percent of the eligible population, have taken at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while about 4.73 million, or 70.2 percent of the eligible population, have taken two doses.
Meanwhile, 676,891 people in Hong Kong have taken a booster shot as of 8:00 p.m. local time Monday.