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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

15 building plans approved in Aug

The Buildings Department approved 15 building plans in August - two on Hong Kong Island, nine in Kowloon and four in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, six were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, five were for commercial developments and four were for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 24 building projects which will provide 411,170 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 7,469 units, and 489,257 sq m of gross floor area for non-domestic use.   The department also issued 15 occupation permits - one on Hong Kong Island, four in Kowloon and 10 in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 37,875 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 510 units, and 7,391 sq m for non-domestic use.
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