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124 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open

Jab services for elderly to expand

The Government today announced that its same-day ticket arrangement for COVID-19 vaccination services for the elderly will be expanded to cover people aged 60 or above starting August 11.   Tickets will be issued at 24 community vaccination centres (CVCs) so that citizens aged 60 or older can receive COVID-19 jabs at a designated timeslot on the same day the tickets are distributed.   The Government said it decided to extend the arrangement to cover more seniors because distributing same-day tickets to people aged 70 or above has been running smoothly at the CVCs since July 29.   Senior citizens can be accompanied by a maximum of two carers who can also get vaccinated at the same, it added.   The same-day tickets will be distributed daily from 7.45am on a first come, first served basis. The CVCs will be closed between 1.30pm and 2.30pm daily for cleaning and disinfection and the last vaccination session will be held from 7pm to 7.30pm.   Those aged 60 or above can present their Hong Kong identity cards to get a same-day ticket at the CVCs. Alternatively, family members or carers can collect a ticket on their behalf upon presenting a copy of the authoriser’s ID card for registration. The schedule for receiving the second dose will be drawn up when the senior citizen gets the first jab.   About 4,600 same-day tickets will be given out daily at the 24 CVCs in August. In light of the latest operational arrangements, the CVCs at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre and Hong Kong International Airport will distribute the tickets till August 31.
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