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Over 3.1k virus cases identified

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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

1.9k COVID-19 cases found 

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 1,950 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 455 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 1,495 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 37 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 22 residential care homes for the elderly and two for disabled people logged 33 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 36 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 18 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 18 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 130.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShPjFM

2.6k coronavirus cases reported

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 2,676 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 638 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,038 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 61 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, nine residential care homes for the elderly and three for disabled people logged 22 cases involving their residents and two staff infections.   The Hospital Authority reported that 37 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death of 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 24 patients was unrelated.   It also registered 11 more critical patients, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 134.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/ShHzJm

Mpox jab service adjusted

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The Department of Health announced today that in view of the reduction in demand of high-risk target groups for vaccination of Mpox, two of the designated vaccination centres will cease operation from January 30 onwards.   These two centres are at Yau Ma Tei Jockey Club Polyclinic and Tang Chi Ngong Specialist Clinic in Wan Chai. People who have made appointments for the vaccinations will be notified of the adjustments.   The booking and enquiry line 2547 1900 and booking email: mpv_booking@dh.gov.hk for Mpox vaccination will also cease operation.   Starting from January 30, high-risk target groups can receive Mpox walk-in vaccination at six social hygiene service clinics (SocHS) of the department.   They are Wan Chai Male SocHS, Wan Chai Female SocHS, Yau Ma Tei Male SocHS, Yung Fung Shee SocHS, Fanling SocHS and Tuen Mun SocHS. Fees will apply for non-eligible people.   Additionally, the integrated treatment centre in Kowloon Bay and the special medical clinics at Queen Eli

Govt receives detailed train report

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The Government today received the detailed investigation report submitted by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) to the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) on the MTR Tsuen Wan Line train incident on November 13 last year.   The detailed investigation report indicated that the mounting bolts and nuts of a trackside metallic barrier broke due to serious corrosion, causing the metallic barrier to lean over to the track and the incident train hit the barrier.   After the incident, the MTRC inspected all similar barriers across the railway network at the EMSD's request to ensure the railway's safe operation.   In addition, the MTRC has enhanced the civil structure maintenance regime with specific maintenance given to the metallic barriers.   It is also conducting a comprehensive trackside infrastructure and equipment survey, which is expected to be completed by mid-May. The Government will continue to follow up with the survey.   The detailed re

CE inspects control point

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Chief Executive John Lee visited the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (Futian) Control Point today, the first day of the resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland, to view the arrangements for people crossing the boundary.   Mr Lee was briefed on the arrangements and spoke to members of the public during the visit, and said he was satisfied with the smooth operation on the resumption of normal travel.   Noting that all the relevant boundary control points were operating well and people could travel across the boundary smoothly, he noted that the travel resumption must proceed in an orderly and safe manner.   Mr Lee added that the relevant authorities will closely monitor the situation, including the arrangements before and after the Lunar New Year holidays, to come up with a plan for realising the full resumption of normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland in a secure and manageable way. http://dlvr.it/Sgb8LH

Chris Sun ends Singapore trip

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Secretary for Labour & Welfare Chris Sun today concluded his visit to Singapore after getting a grasp on its experience of talent recruitment and manpower development in the past two days.   During the visit, Mr Sun met Chinese Ambassador to Singapore Sun Haiyan and updated her on Hong Kong’s latest labour market and economic situation.   He then called on Minister for Manpower of Singapore Tan See Leng and exchanged views on attracting talent amid the dual challenge of an ageing population and shrinking labour force of the two places as exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   They discussed seizing the advantages of the role of Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, thereby boosting the attractiveness of Asia to talent around the world.   Additionally, Mr Sun visited the Institute of Technical Education to keep abreast of its vocational and professional education and t