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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

Study subsidy to launch

The Government today announced that it will subsidise, via the Study Subsidy Scheme for Designated Professions/Sectors, 2,501 places in 32 sub-degree programmes of eight post-secondary institutions for the cohort to be admitted in the 2022-23 academic year.   The 32 designated sub-degree programmes fall under six disciplines identified as having keen manpower demand, namely architecture and engineering, computer science, creative industries, health care, sports and recreation, and tourism and hospitality.   In the 2022-23 academic year, the annual subsidy amount for laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $38,520 from $38,400 in the 2021-22 academic year, while that for non-laboratory-based sub-degree programmes will be increased to $22,120 from $22,050.   The adjusted subsidy amounts are applicable to both new and current students who are eligible.   For admission to the designated sub-degree programmes under the scheme, students may apply directly to the institutions.   The designated undergraduate programmes under the scheme in the 2022-23 academic year including the number of places and subsidy amounts were announced on September 21.   Click here for details.
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