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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

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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