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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

Student office reports virus case

The Working Family & Student Financial Assistance Agency today reported that a Student Finance Office (SFO) staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.   The clerical grade staff member works on 4/F, Trade & Industry Tower and does not have contact with the public in his daily work.   He last went to work on February 10. He wore a surgical mask while performing his duties and properly maintained social distancing.   The offices on 4/F have been closed this afternoon for thorough cleaning and disinfection.   The service counters on the same floor will suspend services up to February 19 and the SFO will contact those who have made appointments for counter services.   The agency has reminded staff to pay attention to personal hygiene and will continue to maintain close liaison with the Centre for Health Protection.
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