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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

CE inspects vaccination centre

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today inspected the official launch of the Comirnaty vaccine being administered to people in the priority groups at the community vaccination centre (CVC) at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre.   She was accompanied by Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, who are responsible for co-ordinating the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.   The centre is one of the seven operated by the Hospital Authority (HA). Mrs Lam was pleased to note that it had been operating smoothly and thanked the healthcare personnel and staff working there for helping the Government vaccinate the public.   The Chief Executive also chatted to people who were getting vaccinated and received a positive response to the centre’s arrangements.   The vaccination programme was officially launched on February 26 and more than 110,000 people have received their first vaccination dose so far.   At this stage, people in the 12 priority groups can get vaccinated at 15 CVCs, the HA's 18 general outpatient clinics and private doctor clinics. An additional 12 CVCs will begin operation on March 16 to provide more quotas.   Mrs Lam reaffirmed that the two COVID-19 vaccines currently provided to the public were assessed by experts and approved by the Secretary for Food & Health in accordance with the law for emergency use in Hong Kong, adding that they are safe and effective.   She noted that the Government has also set up a monitoring mechanism, under which experts would review clinical events and explain them to the public at the earliest opportunity.   The Chief Executive again appealed to those in the priority groups to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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