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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

Double-arch steel bridge arrives

The prefabricated double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link, Tseung Kwan O, arrived in Hong Kong today and will be erected on the bridge piers later, the Civil Engineering & Development Department announced.   Upon completion, it will be the longest span and heaviest steel arch bridge in the city.   The Cross Bay Link is about 1.8km long, of which 1km is a marine viaduct composed of several sizeable steel and concrete members.   With a length of 200m and a weight of about 10,000 tonnes, the double-arch steel bridge was constructed with high-strength steel and is an integral part of the marine viaduct.   The steel bridge components are prefabricated in Nantong, near Shanghai, for delivery to Hong Kong in batches.   The delivery vessel left Nantong on February 9 and entered Junk Bay this morning.   Spanning across Junk Bay, the Cross Bay Link will connect the southeastern areas of Tseung Kwan O with the Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel and provide linkage to Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O town centre.   The project is scheduled for completion in 2022.   It will greatly ease transport between the southeastern part of Tseung Kwan O and Kowloon. Traffic flow in the district will also be enhanced with reductions in the traffic load on Wan Po Road and Tseung Kwan O town centre.   The department supervised the arrival of the double-arch steel bridge at the Tathong Channel this morning.   It acknowledged the project team's meticulous planning and arrangement for the double-arch steel bridge's prefabrication, assembly and delivery which overcame various engineering challenges and site setting constraints.   The whole process was completed in an efficient and orderly manner, allowing the double-arch steel bridge to be delivered to Hong Kong on schedule, the department added.
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