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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

16 DC oaths confirmed invalid

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui determined that oaths taken by 16 District Council members on October 8 were invalid.   The oath-taking ceremony covered members of the Tsuen Wan, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Kwai Tsing and the Islands district councils. Of the 68 members who took oaths, Mr Tsui as the oath administrator confirmed that 51 were valid.   For the remaining 17 members whose oaths were in question, one member tendered her resignation on October 11 and Mr Tsui confirmed today that the other 16 members' oaths taken were invalid after considering their replies and all relevant information.   The decision is based on the principles laid down in the Interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law by the National People's Congress Standing Committee and the relevant legal provisions.
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