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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

4 imported COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases involving the L452R mutant strain.   Two of them arrived in Hong Kong from high-risk places and the other two from medium-risk places.   Two patients tested positive at the temporary specimen collection centre at the airport while two tested positive during quarantine.   Additionally, people who had been present at 10 specified places in relation to three previous imported cases who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period has to undergo additional testing. Those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination course still need to get tested.   Furthermore, four schools where an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness occurred have been covered in the same compulsory testing notice. People who have finished their jab course can be exempted.   A total of 39 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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