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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

3 temporary jab centres to open

The Government announced that it will set up three pop-up community vaccination centres at Tuen Mun Town Hall, Wo Hing Playground in Fanling and Sha Tin Town Hall next week. Online reservations can be made from 9am on February 14.   The centres in Tuen Mun and Fanling will come into operation from February 16, while the one in Sha Tin will open from February 18. They will operate daily from 9am to 6pm and last for six weeks.   Each centre, where eligible people may receive their first, second or third vaccine dose, can provide over 1,000 BioNTech jab doses to the public every day.   Same-day tickets will also be distributed at the three centres to those aged 60 or above.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said the Government is increasing the vaccination capacity through different means to facilitate citizens who meet the age requirement to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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