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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

HK grateful for President Xi’s concern

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today thanked President Xi Jinping for his great concern about the fifth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong and his sincere care for the people of the city.   Expressing her heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and all the people of Hong Kong in a press statement, Mrs Lam said that by leveraging the central authorities’ support and uniting all sectors of the community, she would lead the Hong Kong SAR Government to fight the epidemic with unwavering determination.   “The central authorities have all along been providing their strongest support for the Hong Kong SAR. The Hong Kong SAR Government will, in accordance with the important instruction of President Xi, assume the main responsibility to stabilise the epidemic situation early as the overriding mission at present, and mobilise all available manpower and resources and adopt all necessary measures to safeguard the lives and health of Hong Kong people and the stability of society.”   With its own continuous efforts, the Hong Kong SAR Government has been striving to contain the virus using a multipronged approach, and enhance the measures to boost its anti-epidemic capability, the Chief Executive pointed out.   However, the rapid development of the disease has put the city under a considerably severe situation and outgrown the Hong Kong SAR Government’s handling capacity.   “At this critical juncture, it is necessary for us to leverage the advantages of ‘one country, two systems’; and to this end, I have submitted to the central authorities a report together with concrete requests for the timely assistance from the central authorities,” she noted.   Riding on the consensus and achievements reached last Saturday from the second Mainland-Hong Kong thematic meeting on the COVID-19 epidemic jointly hosted by Chief Secretary John Lee and Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan, the work between both sides has begun.   The main areas of work encompass exchange of views among epidemiologists, enhancement of the capacity of nucleic acid testing, construction of community isolation and treatment facilities, and the ensuring of medical supplies and other supplies from the Mainland.   The Chief Executive stressed: “To cope with this wave of the epidemic, the Hong Kong SAR Government has mobilised all available manpower, with different bureaus and departments joining hands with healthcare workers, testing contractors, laboratories, the university team responsible for supporting sewage surveillance, district volunteers and so forth, to form a robust anti-epidemic team.   “With the sincere care of the central authorities as well as the staunch support from the ministries and commissions of the central authorities and the Guangdong Provincial Government, we are determined to work as a team and spare no effort in fighting this epidemic in order for the people of Hong Kong to resume their normal lives early.”
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