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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

Former flight crew arrested, charged

Police today arrested and laid charges on two former flight attendants for violating the Prevention & Control of Disease Regulation.   In a statement, the force said their investigation revealed that the duo, while employed by an airline as flight attendants, arrived in Hong Kong from the US on December 24 and 25, 2021.   During medical surveillance, they failed to observe the conditions specified by a health officer by conducting unnecessary activities in contravention of the regulation on December 25 and 27.   Both subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant and have been discharged from the hospital upon completion of treatment.   Police explained that they took such action after seeking legal advice. The arrestees have been released on bail.   They are liable on conviction to a $5,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.
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