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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

CHP responds to media enquiries

People taking the Sinovac vaccine may not be effectively protected from COVID-19 until two weeks after their second dose, the Centre for Health Protection said today.   It made the statement in response to media enquiries on a patient of a case who received two doses of the Sinovac jab.   The 63-year-old male patient received the first and second doses of the vaccine on March 10 and April 7.   His specimen collected on April 14 tested positive for COVID-19.   The centre said it is carrying out relevant epidemiological investigations.   Based on the information from the drug company, it takes time after Sinovac vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and offer protection against the virus, the centre said.   People who took the Sinovac vaccine may not be protected effectively until 14 days after their second dose.   It also said that there is a need for members of the public to continue practising social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a mask in public after vaccination to reduce the risk of virus transmission.   At this time, combining the above measures with vaccination will provide the most protection against the virus, it added.
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