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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

Shaw Prize expo to be held

The Science Museum will launch the Shaw Prize 2021 Exhibition tomorrow to introduce this year's Shaw Laureates and their outstanding contributions.   Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize consists of three annual awards, namely the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science & Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences.   It is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields, have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, or have achieved excellence in other domains.   The Shaw Prize in Life Science & Medicine is awarded to the Frank HT Rhodes Class of 1956 Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Director of the Weill Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology at the Cornell University, the US, Prof Scott D Emr.   His remarkable discovery of the pathway and mechanism of the Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport has contributed to further study of diseases including viral dissemination and those which are neurodegenerative.   The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded in equal shares to two female scholars - the Professor of Physics and Director of McGill Space Institute at the McGill University, Canada, Prof Victoria M Kaspi and the Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at George Washington University, the US, Prof Chryssa Kouveliotou.   They developed new and precise observational techniques which enabled them to confirm the existence of neutron stars with ultra-strong magnetic fields. Their work has established magnetars as a new and important class of astrophysical objects.   The two Shaw Laureates in Mathematical Sciences are the Emeritus Professor of the Mathematics Department of the Universit√© Paris-Saclay of France, Prof Jean-Michel Bismut and the Silver Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, the US, Prof Jeff Cheeger.   They solved long-standing open problems in geometry. They also introduced important new ideas and built tools which have greatly extended possibilities in modern geometry, and as a result have transformed the subject.   Jointly presented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and the Shaw Prize Foundation, the exhibition will run until January 5 next year.   Click here for details.
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