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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

5 typhoon names added

Five new tropical cyclone names have been added to this year's list for typhoons in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea, the Hong Kong Observatory announced today.   They are Penha, Peilou, Narra, Gaenari and Bang-lang.   Penha, a name originating from China, is derived from Penha Hill, a scenic spot in Macau.   Peilou, from China, is a common migratory bird in Macau.   Narra, from the Philippines, is a species of tree.   Gaenari, from Korea, is a spring flowering shrub with yellow flowers.   Bang-lang, from Vietnam, is a flowering tree species.   The United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee endorsed the names at its 54th session.   They will replace the names of Vongfong, Linfa, Molave, Goni and Vamco.   The committee will consider retiring names of tropical cyclones which have caused serious casualties and economic losses.   In May 2020, Severe Typhoon Vongfong left at least 160 people injured and damaged more than 10,000 houses during its passage across the Philippines.   In October 2020, Tropical Storm Linfa brought torrential rain to Vietnam, leading to 148 deaths or missing people.   Severe Typhoon Molave hit the Philippines and Vietnam in late October 2020, resulting in at least 50 deaths, 40 injuries and 78 people missing.   Super Typhoon Goni, the most intense tropical cyclone in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea since 2013, hit the Philippines in early November 2020. It killed at least 25 people and damaged over 170,000 houses.   In mid-November 2020, Severe Typhoon Vamco brought torrential rain and squalls to the Philippines and Vietnam, leaving at least 102 people dead, 90 injured and 10 missing.
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