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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxwp

19 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today announced it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 16 are locally transmitted. Six of the cases are untraceable.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Communicable Disease Branch Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au said the cases comprise nine males and 10 females, aged between two and 83.   Of the linked cases, three are from the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site cluster, Dr Au said, adding they are site workers' close contacts.   Additionally, five buildings with one or more new confirmed cases were included in the compulsory testing notices. Those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 24 to February 6 have to undergo testing by February 8.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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