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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

Govt facilitates media operations

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will continue to facilitate the operation of overseas media organisations in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today.   She made the remarks ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning in response to media questions about a journalist at The Economist whose working visa in the city was not renewed.   While noting that she would not comment on individual cases, Mrs Lam said the issue of visas falls under the autonomy and discretion of any government.   "It is always the discretion of the Director of Immigration to decide on the circumstances of each case, to decide whether they would grant a visa or extend a visa or impose certain conditions on a visa."   She also emphasised that Hong Kong has all along opened its door for overseas media.   "Hong Kong is an international city and we are very proud of being a hub for overseas media.   "I am sure you know that we have a large number of overseas media based in Hong Kong, some of them are using Hong Kong as their regional base to operate in the Asia-Pacific region. So, we will continue to facilitate their stay, their operation, their employment in Hong Kong in accordance with our policy.   "And of course, we now have also a piece of law, called the National Security Law. So, in all aspects of the government activities, national security is clearly a very important consideration."
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