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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

Isolation capacity to be enhanced

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today the Government will strive to enhance the capacity of community isolation facilities by converting newly built public rental housing and looking for more hotel rooms.   Ahead of the Executive Council meeting this morning, Mrs Lam said Blocks 1 and 7 of Queen's Hill Estate in Fanling as well as Heng King House, Lai King Estate will be converted to community isolation facilities providing more than 3,000 units.    “One unit sometimes could accommodate a whole family, if unfortunately, members of the family are all confirmed preliminary positive for COVID-19,” Mrs Lam said.   She added that she is going to meet the hotel sector tomorrow to formulate a plan for the community isolation purposes.   “We know there are over 80,000 hotel rooms in Hong Kong but not all of them are suitable. We are looking for a wholesale block - a hotel which is occupying a whole building with a certain number of rooms because if it is too small, the operation becomes very difficult.   “My target is to get them to agree to a plan. It is not an individual negotiation, which has been the modus operandi previously - we approached individual hotels one by one, and discussed the terms and conditions with them one by one. That is not efficient anymore.   “We will do a wholesale plan and require them to sign on the plan so as to deliver a few thousand, up to 10,000 rooms within a very short period.”
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