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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

Insurance authority review welcomed

Financial Secretary Paul Chan today welcomed the publication of the first Annual Report of the Process Review Panel for the Insurance Authority.    Mr Chan said the panel plays an important role in enhancing the accountability of the authority in the exercise of its regulatory powers.   In its inaugural term, the panel conducted a comprehensive review of the internal procedures and operational guidelines of the authority through detailed examination of selected cases.    The process review panel selected and reviewed 30 cases, which straddled various regulatory functions of the authority, including complaint handling, authorisation of insurers, licensing of intermediaries and exercise of statutory power. It made a number of observations and recommendations to the authority for its consideration.   The report, which is the first one of the panel summarising its work and recommendations, is conducive to ensuring the authority exercises its regulatory powers in a fair and consistent manner.   The panel is an independent panel established with the approval of the Chief Executive.   The panel reviews and advises the authority on the adequacy of its internal procedures and operational guidelines governing the actions taken and operational decisions made by the authority and its staff in the performance of it regulatory functions.   Click here for the report.
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