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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

CE-elect's office established

The Government announced today that the Office of the Chief Executive-elect has been set up to ensure a smooth transition to the new term of government following the 2022 Chief Executive Election this Sunday.   Former Director of Administration Daniel Cheng has assumed the post of Secretary-General (designate) of the office.   The office will support the Chief Executive-elect in forming a governing team and preparing for policy plans based on the Chief Executive-elect’s manifesto.   It will also collaborate with the incumbent Government for a smooth transition, including making arrangements for major events relating to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, and liaise with different sectors of the community.   Housed on the 26th floor of the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, the office will have five directorate posts and over 20 non-directorate places. It will formally operate from the day the sixth-term CE is elected and will close by June 30.   On Mr Cheng’s appointment, Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said: “Mr Cheng is a seasoned administrative officer with rich experience in public administration. I believe that he will serve with professionalism in the new capacity to ensure a smooth transition to the new term of government.”   Separately, Director-General of Trade & Industry Brian Lo will succeed Mr Cheng as Director of Administration from today.   “Mr Lo is a seasoned administrative officer with proven leadership and management skills. I have every confidence that he will serve with professionalism in his new capacity,” Mr Nip stated.
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