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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

Chan Kwok-ki to chair review body

The Government today announced the Chief Executive’s appointment of members of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee (CERC) commencing on September 19.   The Chief Executive appointed Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki as CERC Chairperson and Secretary for Home & Youth Affairs Alice Mak as its official member pursuant to section 9A of the Chief Executive Election Ordinance.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan ceases to be Committee Chairperson when the new appointment takes effect.   Pursuant to section 9A(2) of the ordinance, the CERC is to consist of the chairperson, at least two but not more than four official members, and at least one but not more than three non-official members.   Section 9A(4) of the ordinance further stipulates that only a principal official appointed pursuant to a nomination under Article 48(5) of the Basic Law is eligible for appointment as the chairperson or an official member.   The appointment notice has been gazetted and reported to the Central People's Government for the record.
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