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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

4.39m people get second jab

About 8,989,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,594,000 people receiving their first dose and around 4,395,700 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,670,500 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,923,500 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,605,400 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,790,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 10,900 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 1,800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 3,900 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 2,100 people received their first dose and around 3,100 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 94%, while it is about 89% for the BioNTech one.   As of midnight, no one was sent to hospital.
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