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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

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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