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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

101 civil servants lauded

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today commended 101 civil servants for their outstanding work performance.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam also attended the ceremony to extend her congratulations to the recipients.   Addressing the Secretary for the Civil Service’s Commendation Award Presentation Ceremony 2021, Mr Nip said Hong Kong has encountered the double blows of the disturbances and riots arising from the legislative exercise of the Fugitive Offenders Bill as well as the COVID-19 epidemic over the past two years.   During this period, a great majority of civil service colleagues, be they disciplined services officers or civilian officers, have made tremendous efforts and contributions to support and assist the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in coping with these unprecedented challenges, and they truly deserved commendations.   He stressed that in serving the public, civil servants should move ahead with the times, act proactively and be innovative, so as to act in accordance with the Hong Kong SAR Government in the administration of Hong Kong, and deliver the mission of contributing to the country.   In addition to pointing out that December 19 is the polling date of the Legislative Council election under the improved electoral system, Mr Nip took the opportunity to appeal to civil servants to vote and elect their representatives in LegCo.   The awardees came from 40 bureaus and departments, with 20 of them coming from Police, making it the department with the highest number of honourees.   Electrical & Mechanical Services Department Senior Engineer Chan Ying-ying is one such recipient.   When the Cross-Harbour Tunnel was seriously damaged in late 2019, Ms Chan and her teammates were responsible for the urgent repair of the toll collection system and the tunnel’s electrical and mechanical facilities.   Working round the clock and sparing no efforts, the team successfully made repairs to enable the tunnel to be re-opened for traffic within 100 hours.   Click here for other awardees' stories.
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