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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

Govt will remain subject to scrutiny

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today dismissed suggestions that improving Hong Kong's electoral system would result in the Government no longer being monitored.   Speaking to the media this evening, Mrs Lam said the changes were not aimed at making the Legislative Council more supportive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.   “The Legislative Council has very important constitutional duties under the Basic Law. There are also something that I attach a lot of importance to, and that are checks and balances.   “The executive needs to be monitored and scrutinised by the Legislative Council, whether in terms of enactment of legislation, in terms of answering questions from them or putting funding proposals to the Legislative Council.   “All these will not be changed because we are not dealing with making the Legislative Council more supportive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.   “We are just making sure that the Legislative Council, being such an important political structure in the Hong Kong SAR, is supporting 'one country, two systems', will not do anything to undermine national security and will continue to allow Hong Kong to move forward.   “So I just do not see how - by improving the electoral system in Hong Kong or even by expanding the number of Legislative Council members from 70 to 90 - the Hong Kong SAR Government will not be monitored, will not be put under these checks and balances. They will continue.”
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