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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

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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