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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

Dental centre reports virus case

The Department of Health today said a contract staff member working in its MacLehose Dental Centre in Wan Chai has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   The staff member is a contract system analyst who last performed his duties on January 26. His body temperature was normal during screening at work.   He wore a surgical mask while performing his duties, did not have contact with the public and properly maintained social distancing.   The analyst was transferred to a quarantine centre on January 28 as his household contact was confirmed with COVID-19. He developed symptoms on January 30 and his preliminary test result was positive.   The department has arranged virus testing for all relevant staff and will arrange for them to work from home until their test results are available.   It will also arrange thorough cleaning and disinfection of the office floor concerned.
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