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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

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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