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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

Overseas study scholarships open

The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council is inviting applications for its overseas fellowships and scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year.   The fellowships and scholarships aim at encouraging outstanding students to pursue further studies in reputable institutions overseas.   Successful candidates are expected to have a strong sense of commitment to Hong Kong and be ready to contribute significantly to the community upon graduation.   The fellowships are for studies leading to postgraduate degrees either by research or by coursework. The maximum value of a fellowship is $300,000 per year, tenable for up to three years for a doctoral degree or two years for a master's degree.   The scholarships are for studies leading to undergraduate degrees with a maximum value of $280,000 per year, tenable for up to three years.   Those interested are responsible for fulfilling all application procedures and admission requirements of the academic institutions of their choice.   The applications period will end on September 9.   Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Hong Kong. The first round of interviews is scheduled for January next year.   Application forms and information notes are available on the Working Family & Student Financial Assistance Agency's Student Finance Office website. Applications have to be completed and submitted online through the GovHK website.   Call 2150 6097 or 2150 6110 for enquiries.

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