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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

Appeal decisions comply with law

All of the Department of Justice’s decisions on appeal or review are made after thorough consideration and strictly in accordance with relevant laws.   The department made the statement in response to media reports that repeatedly resort to biased language to describe its decisions on appeal or review in some criminal cases.   The appeal or review cases are then determined by the courts in accordance with the law, the statement added.   In the course of the legal proceedings, prosecutors have the duty to provide accurate and comprehensive submissions on the law to assist the courts in the determination of cases.   In respect of the sentences imposed by the courts, the department will carefully consider the relevant information, including the reports of the prosecutors and the courts' reasons for sentence.   Where appropriate, applications for review of sentence may be instituted by the department in accordance with the Magistrates Ordinance or the Criminal Procedure Ordinance.   If the court's verdict of acquittal is perverse or erroneous in point of law, the department may lodge an appeal under the Magistrates Ordinance or the District Court Ordinance.   In 2020, the department lodged 17 applications for the review of sentence under section 81A of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance. Of the 12 such applications decided last year, 11 were allowed.   The department has all along strived to ensure the proper conduct of its prosecutions and the prosecutors have always adhered to the highest of professional standards in handling criminal cases for justice to be administered with equal measure and in an even-handed manner at all times, the statement said.   Regrettably, some media, without regard to the grounds put forward by it at the hearings and the reasons for decisions set out in the courts' judgments, use biased expressions in their reports which do not truly reflect the facts, the statement added.
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