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HK says farewell to Xuelong 2

The nation’s first domestically built Antarctic research icebreaker, Xuelong 2, has completed a five-day visit to Hong Kong and began its return journey to Shanghai this afternoon.   A farewell ceremony was held at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, where Under Secretary for Environment & Ecology Diane Wong and the committee that organised the visit led the farewells for Xuelong 2 and its crew, the 40th Chinese Antarctic scientific expedition team.   The chairman of the organising committee, Ma Fung-kwok, expressed his deep satisfaction with the visit. He emphasised that it had not only fostered a genuine interest among citizens in polar research but had also raised awareness about the pressing issue of climate change.   Looking ahead, the organising committee is already in discussions with relevant departments to explore opportunities for Hong Kong scholars and students to participate in future scientific expeditions, particularly in the field of polar research.   Du

HK sees 2.2k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 2,265 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 481 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,784 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 30 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, eight residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged 17 cases involving their residents and three staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 27 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 10 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 17 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 124.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Sai Kung and Kwai Tsing districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.
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