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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

CE presents honours

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today presented honours and awards to 157 people during the 2021 Honours & Awards Presentation Ceremony at Government House.   The ceremony is being held for three consecutive days.   Seven people received the Grand Bauhinia Medal from Mrs Lam, including Chief Justice Andrew Cheung, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and Executive Council members Chow Chung-kong and Regina Ip.   The other recipients are Bunny Chan who is exceptionally enthusiastic in youth affairs, prominent business leader Jonathan Choi and influential leader in the clansmen community Lo Man-tuen.   Eighteen people received the Gold Bauhinia Star, one received the Gold Medal for Bravery posthumously, 21 the Silver Bauhinia Star, four the Silver Medal for Bravery, 17 the Distinguished Service Medal for the disciplined services & the Independent Commission Against Corruption, 39 the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and four the Bronze Medal for Bravery.   Meanwhile, 46 were given the Meritorious Service Medal for the disciplined services & the ICAC.   The 2021 Honours List was issued on July 1 and November 15.
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