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HK logs 3.3k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,362 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 493 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,869 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 118 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and one for disabled people logged nine cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 33 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 20 patients was unrelated.   It also registered six more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 99.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Kowloon City districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning

Civil servant requirement clear

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today said the requirement for civil servants is set out in the Basic Law and the laws of Hong Kong.   Speaking to the media after attending a radio programme, Mr Nip said the Government has made clear its new policy and arrangements regarding the British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport which will not be recognised as a valid travel document and proof of identity in Hong Kong.   “As regards civil servants holding a foreign passport or all that, we just follow what it is set out in the Basic Law and the Hong Kong laws.   “Basically, the requirement is that they have to be Hong Kong permanent residents.”
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