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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

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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