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Over 3.1k virus cases identified

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,172 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 449 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,723 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 111 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and five for disabled people logged 13 cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 20 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for nine patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 11 patients was unrelated.   It also registered eight more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 93.   Separately, to align with the Government’s cancellation of issuing isolation orders from tomorrow, the authority will, starting from the same day, announce at 8.30am and 1pm the information of general out-patient clinics (GOPC) quota reserved for COVID-19
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More than 2.3k virus cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 2,337 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 365 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,972 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 64 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, six residential care homes for the elderly and two for disabled people logged nine cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   There were also 26 positive cases concerning 19 students and seven staff filed by 19 schools.   The Hospital Authority reported that 28 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of nine patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 19 patients was unrelated.   It also registered nine more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 113.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Eastern and Kwun Tong districts, the

More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

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 wel

1.9k COVID-19 cases found 

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 1,950 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 455 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,495 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 37 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 22 residential care homes for the elderly and two for disabled people logged 33 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 36 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 18 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 18 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 130.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShPjHq

2.6k coronavirus cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 2,676 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 638 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,038 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 61 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, nine residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged 22 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 37 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 24 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 134.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShHzJn

Mpox jab service adjusted

The Department of Health announced today that in view of the reduction in demand of high-risk target groups for vaccination of Mpox, two of the designated vaccination centres will cease operation from January 30 onwards.   These two centres are at Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club Polyclinic and Tang Chi Ngong Specialist Clinic in Wan Chai. People who have made appointments for the vaccinations will be notified of the adjustments.   The booking and enquiry line 2547 1900 and booking email: mpv_booking@dh.gov.hk for Mpox vaccination will also cease operation.   Starting from January 30, high-risk target groups can receive Mpox walk-in vaccination at six social hygiene service clinics (SocHS) of the department.   They are Wan Chai Male SocHS, Wan Chai Female SocHS, Yau Ma Tei Male SocHS, Yung Fung Shee SocHS, Fanling SocHS and Tuen Mun SocHS. Fees will apply for non-eligible people.   Additionally, the integrated treatment centre in Kowloon Bay and the special medical clinics at Queen Eli