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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

Advisory body hails national plan

The Trade & Industry Advisory Board members showed unanimous support for the 14th Five-Year Plan and the National People's Congress' decision on improving Hong Kong's electoral system.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau today briefed the advisory body on the two initiatives which are timely, positive and important to Hong Kong's development.   He said the 14th Five-Year Plan supports the city’s future development in various key areas, demonstrating the central government's unwavering support for Hong Kong.   The members agreed that the plan's rich content is key to the city's development. The Government will press ahead with measures to bolster Hong Kong's competitiveness in relevant sectors.   The members also welcomed the 14th Five-Year Plan's support for Hong Kong in fostering ties with countries and regions around the world. The bureau will continue to establish close economic and trade relations with other economies and forge free trade and investment pacts.   On the National People's Congress' decision on improving Hong Kong's electoral system, Mr Yau briefed members that the decision could ensure the full and resolute implementation of "one country, two systems" and "patriots administering Hong Kong", and effectively enhance the city’s governance capability.   The members in particular agreed that the decision is urgently needed and significant as it could help deal with the reckless moves or internal rifts that have torn Hong Kong apart in recent years. As such, Hong Kong can focus on economic development and create a stable business environment so that the city can bounce back from economic difficulties and benefit its long-term development.   Members attending today's advisory board were representatives from major chambers of commerce, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the professional services sector.
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