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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

More rooms for helpers' quarantine

Starting November 1, the Rambler Garden Hotel in Tsing Yi will provide 500 rooms for the quarantine of foreign domestic helpers coming to work in Hong Kong, the Labour Department announced today.   This is a new designated quarantine facility in addition to the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre on Lantau Island and the Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong in Tsuen Wan.   Room reservations can be made through the Rambler Garden Hotel’s online booking system from 9.30am on October 25 at a fee of $650 per night per room which includes three meals and all charges.   The helper’s passport copy, valid employment visa and recognised vaccination record must be provided to the hotel at the time of booking for verifying the helper’s identity.   Helpers will also need to provide such documents when they check into the facility.   Enquiries can be made to the department’s hotline at 2717 1771 or via email.
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