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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

HA reports initially positive case

The Hospital Authority today reported that a clerical staff at Shatin Hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   The staff concerned, from the authority’s Cluster Facility Management Department of the New Territories East Cluster, developed fever and diarrhoea on January 22 and attended the Tuen Mun Hospital’s staff clinic the next day.   He was subsequently transferred to the accident and emergency department and arranged to undergo a deep throat saliva test. His preliminarily positive result was made available last night.   The staff concerned is mainly responsible for clerical duties relating to medical equipment maintenance services and has no contact with patients.   He last attended work on January 21 and wore surgical masks while on duty.   Four colleagues were identified as close contacts and will be quarantined.   The clerical staff concerned attended a meeting at the Prince of Wales Hospital on January 20 and all meeting participants wore surgical masks.   As a precautionary measure, the cluster has arranged COVID-19 tests for the other 10 participants of the meeting as well as staff of the department concerned.   Thorough cleansing and disinfection have been carried out at the office concerned.
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