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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

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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