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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

Auto parking to commence services

The automated parking system (APS) installed in a short-term tenancy (STT) car park in Tsuen Wan will commence services tomorrow, the Transport Department said today.   Located at the junction of Hoi Shing Road and Hoi Kok Street, this is the first automated parking system taken forward by the Government to further increase the number of parking spaces and spatial efficiency.   The tenant has adopted six modules of a puzzle stacking system to provide 78 automated parking spaces out of a total of 245 parking spaces at the site.   Introducing the system at a media visit today, Transport Department Principal Project Coordinator (Parking) Keith Tang said the system can double the parking capacity.   “For the same footprint, this puzzle type parking system can double the parking capacity.   “The advantage of this puzzle type parking system is that it is easy to install and be demolished.  It is especially suitable for installation in open space as a short-term installation, particularly at a short-term tenancy site.”   The tenancy with a fixed term of five years and thereafter monthly was awarded last December.   In addition, a short-term tenancy site at Pak Shek Kok in Tai Po is also designated for APS. Its tender assessment is in progress. The system is expected to commence services by the end of next year.   The department said the Government will examine the feasibility of adopting an APS when inviting tenders for new STT car parks or carrying out re-tendering for the existing STT car parks.   By drawing on the experiences from the APS projects at Hoi Shing Road and at Pak Shek Kok, the Government will have a better grasp of the factors affecting the feasibility of introducing an APS at different STT car parks.   The Government will continue to take APS projects forward so as to consolidate its experience and pave the way for wider APS use in public car parks in future, it added.
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