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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

Quarantine orders issued

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is following up on a preliminary positive COVID-19 case that involves the N501Y mutant strain.   The centre explained that residents of Kennedy Terrace, 8 Kennedy Road in Mid-levels where the patient resided must be quarantined.   Noting that the N501Y mutant strain is with high transmissibility, the centre said it decided to carry out prudent measures on infection control and prevention to arrange a 21-day compulsory quarantine for asymptomatic residents of the building concerned to stop the potential risk of spreading the N501Y mutant strain.   Residents who are symptomatic will be sent to hospitals for treatment, it added.   Meanwhile, as the case concerned had stayed on the 6/F of Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun, quarantine orders will be issued to people who stayed on the same hotel floor as the patient from April 4 to 7, while those who stayed in the hotel between March 27 and April 23 are required to undergo testing by April 25.
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