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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

Smart prison allegations unfounded

The Correctional Services Department strongly condemns the Stand News for smearing and demonising the smart prison management model, misleading the public and attempting to influence the modernisation process of correctional institutions.   In a statement today, the department said it has been actively developing the smart prison management model with Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution as the first generation of a smart prison.   The department said reports by the Stand News discrediting the smart prison management model based on non-refoulement claimants' allegations against the institution are unfounded.   It pointed out that since the commencement of the operation of the institution in late May, some claimants have disregarded discipline and committed a number of disciplinary violations and two collective illicit activities against the management occurred on June 20 and August 19.   The management immediately took corresponding action to combat the illicit activities.   The department reiterated that correctional officers will continue to be vigilant in their duties and enforce the law strictly and will not tolerate any acts that are unlawful and violate discipline. Plus, the department will not be afraid of any smearing allegations.   It also noted that since its commencement of operation, all systems have been operating normally and all aspects have achieved the desired results. Various stakeholders have also benefited from the new model.   The department will continue to promote the smart prison management model to other correctional institutions as planned.   It emphasised that any claimant who is dissatisfied with their treatment during detention may lodge their complaints through various channels. The department will act in accordance with the law and will never succumb to the much-hyped unfounded accusations.
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