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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

Sai Wan Ho testing exercise ends

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise for the Sai Wan Ho restricted area ended today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration last night, requiring people at Tower 1, Grand Promenade to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing. As at 1am today, around 830 residents were tested.    In addition, Government staff visited about 435 households in the restricted area, of which 70 did not answer the door. Follow-up measures will be taken.   According to a compulsory testing notice issued yesterday, people who stayed in the building for more than two hours from September 24 to October 15 must undergo testing by October 17 even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.
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