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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

3 imported COVID-19 cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today said it is investigating three additional imported COVID-19 cases, with two of the cases linked to the L452R mutant strain and the other one linked to the N501Y mutant strain.   The patients comprise two men and one woman. While two of them arrived in Hong Kong from high-risk places, one came from a medium-risk place.   One of the cases tested positive for the virus at a community testing centre after completing compulsory quarantine at Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre. The remaining two tested positive during quarantine.   As people who resided or worked within the same building as the local COVID-19 cases with a mutant strain will be subject to compulsory testing on specified dates in accordance with the Department of Health’s announcement, the mobile specimen collection station at 15-17 Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui will be reopened tomorrow to provide free testing service for residents and workers of Harbour Pinnacle, 8 Minden Avenue.   The CHP reminded specified people in relation to Harbour Pinnacle to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice.   A total of 36 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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