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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

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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