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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

Housing block wins engineering award

Wah Ha Estate, a housing block converted from a historical factory building in Chai Wan, was granted the Project of the Year Award - Residential Building (2021) by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Hong Kong Region.   The Government announced the conversion in 2012 to increase the short-term public housing supply and preserve the only remaining H-shaped factory in the city.   The Housing Authority (HA) project team successfully converted the only remaining match box factory to a sustainable public rental housing block in 2016, providing homes to 187 families after overcoming various site constraints.   “This award recognises the HA’s design, construction, installation, commissioning and operation of a low energy building,” Housing Department Chief Building Services Engineer Henry Chang said today.   He explained that the project team’s biggest challenge was to provide affordable housing with a sustainable living environment from a Grade II historic building located within an industrial area, and at the same time to maximise the site’s development potential and conserve the historical value of the 55-year-old Chai Wan Factory Estate during the conversion.   The estate’s building design and building services systems promote energy savings and address residents’ needs.   Inhabitants can enhance lighting levels in lift lobbies, corridors and staircases by pressing a manual button integrated with the door phone handset in their flats or a manual switch at the lift lobby.   The goal is to minimise energy consumption while meeting the requirement for barrier-free access.   Other features include a rainwater harvesting system on the building block's green roof, a special acoustic balcony for flats close to Chai Wan MTR Station, and a 49-inch TV panel at the lift lobby that displays electricity, water and gas consumption information.
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