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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

Home Affairs chief to visit Xi'an

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui will leave for Xi’an in Shaanxi Province this afternoon to attend the closing ceremony of the 11th National Games for Persons with Disabilities & the 8th National Special Olympic Games.   Mr Tsui will also participate in the games’ flag handover ceremony.   He will return to Hong Kong on October 30.   During his absence, Under Secretary Jack Chan will be Acting Secretary for Home Affairs.
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