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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

Postage fees to be adjusted

Hongkong Post announced today that it will adjust its principal postage rates from September 26.   The postage increase for about 80% of local mail will be within $0.30 and local letters weighing 30 grams or less will rise from $2 to $2.20.   For air mail, the cost to mail letters of 20g or less to the Mainland and Taiwan will rise from $3.40 to $3.70, while those to other places will increase from $3.70-$5 to $4-$5.50.   For surface mail to the Mainland, Macau and Taiwan, postage for letters of 20g or less will be adjusted from $2.60 to $2.80, while those to other places will rise from $3.20-$4.80 to $3.50-$5.30.   The department said the postage adjustments are broadly in line with the cumulative inflation since the last adjustments in January 2018 up to September 2022.   Click here for details.
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