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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

Flying service joins security activities

The Government Flying Service (GFS) today participated in National Security Education Day activities.   It provided a static helicopter and a search and rescue equipment display at the Fire & Ambulance Services Academy.   The department also demonstrated helicopter medical evacuations and partnered with the Special Duties Unit for counter-terrorism exercises at the Hong Kong Police College.   Through taking part in open day events held in the disciplined services training academies, GFS members provided on-site explanations and conducted flight demonstrations to deepen the public's understanding of the team's round-the-clock air support services and duties.   The department's scope of work is closely related to the pursuance of a holistic approach to national security, in particular for its essential role in supporting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and its policy for safeguarding national, social and ecological security, and nuclear safety.   Being one of the disciplinary forces, the GFS will continue to fulfil its mission, fully supporting and co-operating with relevant departments in the maintenance of national security to ensure the long-term stability and prosperous development of Hong Kong.
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