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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

Carrie Lam on leave

The Executive Council meeting today and the preceding media session have been cancelled as Chief Executive Carrie Lam is taking leave due to an elbow injury.   Mrs Lam fell at Government House last night and went to hospital by herself. She was diagnosed with a minor right elbow fracture.   On the doctor’s advice, Mrs Lam stayed in hospital for observation and will be on leave for the time being.       During her absence, Chief Secretary John Lee will be Acting Chief Executive.
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