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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

143 air purifiers meet specifications

A total of 143 air purifiers meet specified specifications for dine-in catering premises and the composite list was uploaded to the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's webpage for reference by catering premises operators and ventilation works contractors, the Government announced today.   The working group on the requirement on air change or air purifiers in dine-in restaurants has completed perusal of the information on air purifiers received before the March 28 deadline.   Information on a number of individual forms was incomplete. The working group's secretariat has approached those submitters through emails and asked them to provide the missing information before 5pm on April 11.   The working group is also handling late submissions and will cease accepting late submissions from 5pm on April 11.   To comply with the requirements on air change or air purifiers in catering premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation, catering premises operators are required to register at the department's webpage on or before April 30 that the air change per hour at seating areas of their premises has reached six, or air purifiers that meet the specified specifications have been installed according to the on-the-ground situation, together with a certificate issued by a registered specialist contractor.   Catering premises completing the registration can, upon the department's confirmation, download a notice online for display at the premises' entrance.
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