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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

New smoking ban to start Apr 30

The Government today reminded the public that smoking an alternative smoking product (ASP) will be banned in a statutory no-smoking area starting April 30, and offenders will be issued with a $1,500 fixed penalty notice.   The reminder came as the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 takes effect on April 30, when people will also not be allowed to carry an activated ASP in a statutory no-smoking area.   The ordinance prohibits the import, promotion, manufacture, sale and possession for commercial purposes of alternative smoking products.   Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.   The ban covers electronic smoking products, heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, and their accessories.   The ordinance prohibits the import of an ASP by way of parcels, cargoes or bringing in by incoming travellers. People bringing such products into the city must declare them to customs.   Starting this Saturday, inspectors from the Department of Health's Tobacco & Alcohol Control Office will conduct inspections, investigate complaints and carry out enforcement actions accordingly.   Click here for frequently asked questions, a pamphlet and other materials about complying with the legislative requirements.   On the World Day for Safety & Health at Work, the department reminded people to refrain from using any smoking products at workplaces, and urged smokers to quit smoking as early as possible.
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