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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

SMS test result discrepancy handled

The Hospital Authority today said it was notified by the COVID-19 test service vendor that some members of the public received the wrong specimen bottle number in the SMS messages concerning their test results.   As a result, these people could not log in to the government’s electronic testing record system to download their test results.   To tie in with the Centre for Health Protection’s Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme, the authority contracted a test service vendor to arrange COVID-19 tests and provide the negative result notifications via SMS.           The authority said the incident was caused by a specimen bottle number discrepancy during the test result information handling process.   The 103 people who were affected returned their specimen bottles to general outpatient clinics on March 2. All the test results came back negative.   The vendor confirmed that neither personal data nor privacy was involved in the discrepancy and no test result was affected.        Upon receiving the notification yesterday, the authority requested the vendor to inform those affected and send an amendment SMS immediately.   It also tasked the vendor with reviewing the system and fixing the error.   The incident was reported to the Food & Health Bureau and the Department of Health.
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