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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

Water taxi to set sail in July

The Transport Department announced today that the water taxi ferry service will operate on a trial basis from July 3, with a special departure on July 1 to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.   Service operator Fortune Ferry Company will launch a trial of the Hung Hom - Tsim Sha Tsui East - Central (Circular) short-working route service with operation on Saturday nights from July 3 onwards.   There will be one departure at 7.20pm on Saturdays from Hung Hom (South) Ferry Pier, with calling points at Tsim Sha Tsui Landing No. 1 on the waterfront beside the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui East and Central Pier No. 9.   Passengers can freely hop on and off at any calling point. The full journey time is approximately 70 minutes. They can enjoy the spectacular night scene of Victoria Harbour and the Symphony of Lights show during the journey.   To celebrate the 24th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR, there will be a special departure on July 1 from Hung Hom (South) Ferry Pier at 7.20pm.   The adult full fare of the route is $48 while the fares for each section are $10 (Hung Hom - Tsim Sha Tsui East) and $14 (Tsim Sha Tsui East - Central).   There will be a half-fare concession for children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
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