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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

6 imported COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating six additional imported COVID-19 cases, five of which involve mutant strains while the remaining case’s viral load is insufficient for mutation tests.   The four patients who flew in from the UK and Pakistan via the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were found positive for the virus upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport.   The other two patients who arrived from the US and Pakistan via Turkey tested positive during quarantine.   One of the patients is a 27-year-old woman who lives at Winning House in Sheung Wan. She departed Hong Kong on November 7 for the UK after testing negative for COVID-19 on November 6.   She returned on November 21 from the UK via flight VS206 and her specimen collected upon arrival at the airport tested positive for COVID-19.   She was asymptomatic. Her Ct value is less than 30 and her specimen carried the L452R mutant strain.   She works on the 37th floor, International Commerce Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, and last went to work on November 3.   As a prudent measure, the places where she resided, worked and visited in Hong Kong during the incubation period had been included in a compulsory testing notice.   Separately, passenger flights from Dubai, the UAE and Bangkok, Thailand operated by Emirates are prohibited from landing in Hong Kong from November 23 to December 6.   The prohibition was imposed as an Emirates passenger flight EK384 arriving on November 21 from the two cities had three passengers confirmed to have COVID-19 by arrival testing.   In view of a previous imported case who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, those who had been present at one specified premises during the specified period must undergo additional testing.   Additionally, five schools are covered in the compulsory testing notice due to an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness.   Mobile specimen collection stations will be set up in various districts tomorrow to provide free testing service for people subject to compulsory testing.   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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