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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

CE visits nat'l security dept

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today visited the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government (CPG) in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Police National Security Department.   During the visits, Mrs Lam, along with leaders of the respective offices, reviewed the effectiveness of the implementation of the National Security Law over the past year.   She expressed gratitude to the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the CPG for its effective discharge of duty in accordance with the National Security Law under the leadership of Zheng Yanxiong, including overseeing, guiding, co-ordinating with and providing support to the Hong Kong SAR in its work in safeguarding national security.   "The National Security Law has turned chaos to order and restored stability in Hong Kong society. Over the past year, national security awareness has gradually increased in Hong Kong, to which the CPG Office on National Security has made significant contributions.   “I, on behalf of the Hong Kong SAR Government, express gratitude to the central authorities and the CPG Office on National Security."   The Chief Executive also fully acknowledged the effective enforcement of the National Security Law by the Police National Security Department over the past year, noting that they have been taking up the responsibility of safeguarding national security steadfastly.   "Safeguarding national security is an honourable and vital duty. As the national security risks in the Hong Kong SAR have not been completely eradicated, all of us are required to continue to discharge our duty to safeguard national security with profound courage and full confidence."
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