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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

CS under home quarantine

Chief Secretary John Lee and his family will undergo home quarantine for 14 days and undergo medical surveillance, which includes being tested on specified days within the period.   The domestic helper at Mr Lee's home submitted a deep throat saliva specimen for testing and the result was positive. According to guidelines of the Department of Health, the helper is now in home isolation and is pending admission to hospitals or isolation facilities.   In response to media enquiries, the Chief Secretary for Administration's Office today said that subsequent to the negative results indicated by the COVID-19 rapid tests conducted by Mr Lee and his family this morning, their deep throat saliva specimens submitted for tests also showed negative results.   The Chief Secretary for Administration's Office has also arranged thorough cleaning and disinfection for relevant locations, and arranged testing for other relevant staff in accordance with the advice of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health.   Mr Lee underwent COVID-19 testing before attending the thematic meeting in Shenzhen last weekend, and the result was negative. He attended the Executive Council meeting this morning and wore a surgical mask throughout the meeting.   Mr Lee will work from home during the quarantine period. He plans to attend the debate session on anti-epidemic work at the Legislative Council meeting tomorrow by videoconferencing.
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