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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

Age limit for CoronaVac jab lowered

The Government today announced that the Secretary for Food & Health has approved extending the age eligibility of the CoronaVac vaccine to people aged three to 17 with adolescents aged 12 to 17 accorded priority to receive the vaccine.   The Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines had earlier reviewed the application on lowering the age limit for receiving the CoronaVac vaccine to age three and recommended the health chief to approve the application.   The Government stressed that with reference to the advice of the panel and in view of the threat to public health posed by COVID-19, the Secretary for Food & Health considered the benefits of approving the extension of the age eligibility of the CoronaVac vaccine to those aged three to 17 outweigh the risks.   Doing so can protect them from the coronavirus infection and enable them to resume normal school and daily life as soon as possible, it explained.   The Government added that it will announce the vaccination arrangements for the adolescents as soon as practicable and extend the arrangements to children of a younger age at a later stage.
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