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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

Officials to attend SZ meeting

Chief Secretary John Lee today led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to Shenzhen to attend the second meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong to be held tomorrow.   The meeting is convened for the purpose of pressing ahead with the gradual and orderly resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong, the Government said.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan, Secretary for Innovation & Technology Alfred Sit, Under Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Clement Woo, and representatives of the Department of Health, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, the Security Bureau, the Transport & Housing Bureau and other bureaus and departments will join the meeting.
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