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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

Oman offers visa-free access

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders may visit Oman without a visa for up to 10 days, the Immigration Department announced today.   The department received notification from the Honorary Consulate of the Sultanate of Oman in Hong Kong.   Noting that Oman is along the Belt & Road, the department said the visa-free arrangement will bring greater travel convenience to Hong Kong travellers after the COVID-19 epidemic and strengthen the tourism, cultural and economic ties between the two places.   Including Oman, 168 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to Hong Kong SAR passport holders.   Meanwhile, the Red Outbound Travel Alert issued by the Hong Kong SAR Government on March 17 last year is still in force given that the COVID-19 situation around the world is evolving rapidly.   People are strongly urged to avoid non-essential travel outside Hong Kong.
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