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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

21 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 21 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 17 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, seven have unknown sources of infection.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan reported that one more case was detected on 14/F of Oi Wo House in Tai Wo Estate.   "Concerning Oi Wo House in Tai Wo Estate, I think it is similar to quite a number of other housing estates with a bit of horizontal spread of the virus that may be due to some environmental contamination when the patients of the cases, during the infectious period, stayed on the building floor.   "This might happen in the corridor or the hall or the waiting area or other places such as the place where you throw the rubbish, etc. So we do not know what exactly happened.   "But this phenomenon did happen a few times in the past, so that is why we have to move all the other residents and observe them."   She added that a close contact of the newly confirmed case, who does not live in Oi Wo House, also contracted the virus.   Dr Chuang also said the 14 environmental samples taken from Wai Lee Building in Quarry Bay tested negative for COVID-19.   The imported cases involve two patients from the Philippines and one each from Albania and India.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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