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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

Virus tests in restricted areas end

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in Tsuen Wan finished today. A total of about 1,195 residents were tested and no confirmed COVID-19 cases were found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on April 19 to make restriction-testing declarations to require people within the specified restricted areas at Fu Yung Building and Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from April 6 to 19 to undergo mandatory testing by April 21 even if they were not at the buildings when the declarations took effect.   About 280 residents in Fu Yung Building and about 915 people in Block 4 of Belvedere Garden Phase 2 were tested.   The Government also checked about 595 residents' test records during the enforcement operations for the two buildings. Ten people were found to have not undergone mandatory testing and were issued with a compulsory testing order.   Additionally, the Government assigned staff to visit around 420 households in the buildings, of which about 30 did not answer the door. These include some households with confirmed cases or are undergoing quarantine and some units that are possibly vacant.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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