259 COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 259 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 113 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 146 were identified via rapid antigen tests.

Among the new cases, 33 are imported while the rest are locally infected.

A total of 1,195,875 people have contracted the virus since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, involving 9,148 deaths.

Due to a number of positive cases, 41 specified places are included in a compulsory testing notice.

The Government will set up additional mobile specimen collection stations at Wah Fu (I) Estate in Pok Fu Lam and Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi tomorrow.

As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several housing estates and buildings in Sai Kung, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City and Wong Tai Sin districts, the Housing Department and the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working there.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.