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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

1 imported COVID-19 case identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating one additional imported COVID-19 case involving the L452R mutant strain.   The patient is an eight-year-old girl who arrived from Korea, a medium-risk place. She tested positive at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre and is a close contact of another imported case patient.   Separately, the centre reminds specified people linked to Towers 1, 2 and 3, Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui to undergo mandatory testing tomorrow in accordance with a compulsory testing notice.   To provide free testing service for citizens subject to compulsory testing, the Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection station at the open-air car park on G/F, Hampton Place in Tai Kok Tsui and set up a mobile specimen collection station at Ocean Park Car Park tomorrow.   In view of patients linked to two previous imported cases who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, people who had been present at three specified premises must undergo additional testing. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course still need to get tested.   Furthermore, three schools where an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness occurred are covered in the same compulsory testing notice. However, people who have finished their jab course can be exempted.   A total of 41 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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