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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

CE visits EPD’s green facilities

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited the green facilities run by the Environmental Protection Department in Sheung Wan, Lantau and Tuen Mun.   Mrs Lam first visited GREEN@SHEUNG WAN, a new Recycling Store set up by the department, to learn more about its work in recyclables separation.   The department’s 22 Recycling Stores form part of a community recycling network and have received over 50,000 visitors in less than three months since their operation began.   Mrs Lam said she believes that such initiatives encourage more people to integrate the practice of waste reduction and recycling into their daily lives.   She then visited O.PARK1 at Siu Ho Wan on Lantau Island, which is the first organic resources recovery centre in Hong Kong for converting food waste into electricity.   As the daily food waste treatment capacity of O.PARK1 is only about 200 tonnes, the department is constructing O.PARK2 to meet additional needs.   The Chief Executive also visited another waste-to-energy facility in Tuen Mun, namely T•PARK, where she was briefed on the technology of turning sewage sludge generated from sewage treatment facilities into electricity. Nearly 280,000 people have visited the park since its opening.   Upon concluding the green tour, Mrs Lam emphasised that various government bureaus and departments will fully support the Environment Bureau to promote the Waste Blueprint for Hong Kong 2035 to realise the vision of waste reduction, resources circulation and zero landfill.   She added that she hopes the Legislative Council can finish scrutinising the bill on charging for municipal solid waste and pass it as early as possible to assist in waste and carbon reduction to combat climate change and create more job opportunities.
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