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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

Lawful business unaffected: CE

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the National Security Law has not driven people away from doing legitimate business in Hong Kong.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam told reporters that no organisation should be worried about their operations in the city provided such operations are done in accordance with the law.   Citing Article 27 of the Basic Law, she said: “The freedom of association, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of speech and so on are being guaranteed.”   The Chief Executive also supported her view by presenting a number of facts.   “According to the latest survey by the Census & Statistics Departments and InvestHK, as at June this year, the number of overseas and Mainland companies that set up offices or headquarters in Hong Kong was not reduced. In fact, it was another record-breaking number of over 9,000 such overseas and Mainland companies established in Hong Kong.   “Some important legal organisations at regional and international levels have also established offices in Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Legal Hub set up by the Department of Justice.”   A worldwide maritime conference was held last week, while the International Chamber of Shipping has set up in Hong Kong its first office outside of its headquarters, she added.   “So these are the facts which will give you the confidence that the National Security Law has not prevented or horrified people from doing their legitimate business in Hong Kong,” the Chief Executive said.
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