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270 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 270 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 116 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 154 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 31 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,199,227 people have contracted the virus. One more patient passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the fifth wave to 9,163.   Moreover, the Hospital Authority announced that a staff member of Haven of Hope Hospital’s catering department tested positive through a rapid antigen test on Thursday. Contact tracing revealed that four more employees from the same department who had dined or stayed in the same accommodation as the patient had also caught COVID-19. These four staff and seven other staff who have been identified as close contacts will be quarantined.   As a precautionary measure, the hospital’s catering department has temporarily suspended o

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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