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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

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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