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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

5 imported COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional imported COVID-19 cases, two of which involve mutant strains, while the viral load of one case is insufficient for a mutation test and the mutation test results of the two remaining cases are pending.   Among the patients, aged 10 to 77, three of them arrived from Pakistan while the rest arrived from the US.   One patient was confirmed infected with COVID-19 during quarantine and the others tested positive upon arrival at the airport.   One of the new cases involves a 54-year-old male patient who lives at Graceful Mansion, Siena Two in Discovery Bay. He received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine on March 10 and April 8 in Hong Kong.   The patient is a cargo flight crew member. His test conducted on October 19 in Hong Kong was negative.   He left Hong Kong on October 21 for the US and returned to Hong Kong on October 25 by flight CX075. His specimen collected upon arrival at the airport tested positive for COVID-19. He has been asymptomatic.   As a prudent measure, the places where the patient resided and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period have been included in a compulsory testing notice, the centre noted.   As Emirates flight EK384 from Dubai and Bangkok arrived on October 25 with three passengers on board confirmed with COVID-19, the Department of Health has invoked the Prevention & Control of Disease (Regulation of Cross-boundary Conveyances & Travellers) Regulation to prohibit the landing of Emirates flights from Dubai and Bangkok from October 27 to November 9.   A total of 58 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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