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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

250k people get vaccinated

Around 253,900 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 189,600 receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 64,300 their first dose of the BioNTech jab, the Government announced.   About 24,500 people received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them, around 13,200 received the Sinovac vaccine and about 11,300 the BioNTech one.   The overall percentage of people who have received the Sinovac vaccine at eight community vaccination centres is about 83%, while around 94% have received the BioNTech jab at 19 centres.   As of midnight, 16 people were sent to hospital for treatment.
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