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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

674 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 674 preliminary positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Kwai Chung, Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O, Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Aberdeen.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday for Fu Pong House and Fu Man House of Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung where 710 and 790 people were tested in the two housing blocks, with 55 and 45 preliminary positive cases were identified.   In Tuen Mun at Block 4 of Po Tin Estate and Tip Sum House of Butterfly Estate, 800 and 1,080 people of the two blocks underwent a test and 61 and 131 preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   Regarding Kin Ching House of Kin Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O, 91 initially positive cases were found after testing 1,700 people.   At Kai Fai House of Choi Wan (II) Estate in Wong Tai Sin where 1,687 people took a virus test, 165 preliminary positive cases were detected.   Meanwhile, at Ping On House, Tai On House and Yee On House of Wo Lok Estate in Kwun Tong, 63 out of the 480 people tested received preliminary positive results.   In Ap Lei Chau Estate at Lei Fook House, 63 initially positive cases were found after testing 1,540 people.   There were 95 indeterminate cases in the restricted areas, the Government added.
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