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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

Shaw Prize expo to be held

The Science Museum will launch the Shaw Prize 2021 Exhibition tomorrow to introduce this year's Shaw Laureates and their outstanding contributions.   Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize consists of three annual awards, namely the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science & Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences.   It is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields, have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, or have achieved excellence in other domains.   The Shaw Prize in Life Science & Medicine is awarded to the Frank HT Rhodes Class of 1956 Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Director of the Weill Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology at the Cornell University, the US, Prof Scott D Emr.   His remarkable discovery of the pathway and mechanism of the Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport has contributed to further study of diseases including viral dissemination and those which are neurodegenerative.   The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded in equal shares to two female scholars - the Professor of Physics and Director of McGill Space Institute at the McGill University, Canada, Prof Victoria M Kaspi and the Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at George Washington University, the US, Prof Chryssa Kouveliotou.   They developed new and precise observational techniques which enabled them to confirm the existence of neutron stars with ultra-strong magnetic fields. Their work has established magnetars as a new and important class of astrophysical objects.   The two Shaw Laureates in Mathematical Sciences are the Emeritus Professor of the Mathematics Department of the Universit√© Paris-Saclay of France, Prof Jean-Michel Bismut and the Silver Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, the US, Prof Jeff Cheeger.   They solved long-standing open problems in geometry. They also introduced important new ideas and built tools which have greatly extended possibilities in modern geometry, and as a result have transformed the subject.   Jointly presented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and the Shaw Prize Foundation, the exhibition will run until January 5 next year.   Click here for details.
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