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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

17 building plans approved in Sept

The Buildings Department approved 17 building plans in September - six on Hong Kong Island, one in Kowloon and 10 in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, nine were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, one was for commercial development, five were for factory and industrial developments and two were for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 12 building projects which will provide 180,439 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 3,129 units, and 23,933 sq m of gross floor area for non-domestic use.   The department also issued 24 occupation permits - six on Hong Kong Island, seven in Kowloon and 11 in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 28,016 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 603 units, and 41,871 sq m for non-domestic use.
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