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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

HK reports 2 imported virus cases

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases involving mutant strains.   The patients arrived from high-risk places. One of them tested positive upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport and the other during quarantine at Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre.   The CHP reminded specified people in relation to Block 4 of New Jade Garden in Chai Wan and Way Man Court, 50-52 Village Road in Happy Valley to undergo compulsory testing in accordance with the compulsory testing notice tomorrow.   In view of a preliminary positive imported case who had stayed in Hong Kong during the incubation period, ten specified premises are included in the compulsory testing notice.   The Government will reopen the mobile specimen collection station at the podium playground of New Jade Garden and set up a mobile specimen collection station at the open area next to Discovery Bay Fire Station tomorrow.   Such mobile stations will provide free testing service for residents and workers of the two places subject to compulsory testing.   A total of 32 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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