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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

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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