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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

Mainland support is still strong: CE

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today support from Mainland is still very strong despite the difficulties and the emergency situation that they are now facing.   At a press conference this morning, Mrs Lam said the Central People's Government has been extremely understanding and supportive of Hong Kong.   She said: “With the COVID-19 clusters now being seen very close to Hong Kong, that is in our neighbouring city of Shenzhen, one would expect that Shenzhen could easily close the border - that no Hong Kong passengers could cross the border into Shenzhen, in order to cut the transmission. But Shenzhen has not taken this act.   “And I believe the Central People's Government also does not want to see this happen. So, we still have a certain degree of people flow from Hong Kong into Shenzhen.”   As for Shenzhen imposing more stringent pre-arrival tests of polymerase chain reaction within 24 hours instead of 48 hours, Mrs Lam said it is a very legitimate response of the city government due to the public health considerations.   She said the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will fully co-operate and support Shenzhen in taking legitimate measures.   Mrs Lam also said that she was assured on supplies coming in from the Mainland.   “The Central People's Government, the Guangdong Provincial Government, and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government officials have all told me and assured me that they would try very hard to ensure the smooth arrival of cargo, especially fresh produce and vegetables that will support the people of Hong Kong.   “But we need to find alternative measures. So instead of just relying on 8,000 cross-border truck drivers, transporting the goods on a daily basis, we now have cargo coming in by sea. We now have cargo coming in by train. So, this is to illustrate to you that this is a very strong support from my Mainland counterparts, despite the difficulties or the emergency situation that they are now facing.   “So we will continue to co-operate fully with the Mainland authorities to take the necessary measures to protect the safety and health of people on both sides because we belong to one country and we are compatriots. And we would love to see both sides of the border coming out of this epidemic as soon as possible.”
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