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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

153 LegCo candidates named

The Candidate Eligibility Review Committee announced today that among the 154 nominations for the 2021 Legislative Council General Election received by returning officers, 153 are determined valid.   Meanwhile, Medical & Health Services functional constituency candidate Lau Tsz-chun’s nomination is invalid.   Elaborating on the determination this morning, Chief Secretary and committee chairperson John Lee said that since Mr Lau holds office and is employed in a government department or bureau, he is a prescribed public officer as defined under the Legislative Council Ordinance and hence is not qualified as a candidate.   For those who are confirmed eligible for the upcoming LegCo election, 35 nominations are from the geographical constituencies, 67 are from the functional constituencies, and 51 are from the Election Committee constituency, Mr Lee added.   The returning officers concerned have informed all candidates of the committee’s decision, and the candidate concerned the reason why his nomination is considered invalid. A notice detailing the names, addresses and candidate numbers of the 153 confirmed nominees will be published in the Gazette.   In response to reporters’ questions, the Chief Secretary pointed out that the improved electoral system will produce candidates who will be broadly representative of society and there will be balanced participation. He added the chaos and unlawfulness that previously erupted in LegCo could also be avoided.   “This election, after improvement, will ensure all these unlawful activities, all these matters that may contravene and be harmful to national interests will not happen.   “This improved electoral system will ensure that those who are elected eventually will be for the benefit of society as a whole, will be for the benefit of ‘one country, two systems’, will be able to solve problems and make Hong Kong a better place.”   In accordance with Annex II to the Basic Law, the committee is responsible for reviewing and confirming the eligibility of candidates for LegCo membership. It will decide whether the person concerned can meet the legal requirements and conditions of upholding the Basic Law and bearing allegiance to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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