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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

Bureau secretaries test positive

A secretarial staff from the Civil Service Bureau has tested positive for COVID-19 while another secretarial staff from Food & Health Bureau has tested positive via a rapid antigen test.   The employee working for Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip last reported for work on March 7 and while on the job, she does not have contact with the public. In addition to always wearing a mask and following disease prevention measures, she had no recent travel history.   Mr Nip has been performing rapid antigen tests daily and the results are all negative.   The employee working for Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan last reported for work on March 4 and her secretarial position does not involve contact with the public. In addition to always wearing a mask and following disease prevention measures, she had no recent travel history.   Prof Chan has been performing rapid antigen tests daily and the results are all negative. She also underwent testing via professional swab sampling this morning and the result is also negative.   Both bureaus said thorough cleansing and sterilisation at the workplaces concerned will be conducted and arrangements will be made for their staff to undergo testing.
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