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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

8.9m vaccine doses given

About 8,901,700 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,561,400 people receiving their first dose and around 4,340,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,656,700 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,904,700 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,580,900 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,759,400 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 8,200 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 1,400 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 1,800 people received their first dose and around 4,100 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 95%, while it is about 86% for the BioNTech one.   As of midnight, two people were sent to hospital.  
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