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HK logs 1 virus case from UK, sets new daily vaccination record

A health worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine at a community vaccination center in Hong Kong, Feb 23, 2021. (PAUL YEUNG/POOL PHOTO VIA AP)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong reported one new imported COVID-19 case from the United Kingdom on Saturday, bringing the overall tally to 11,950, a day after the city set a new daily record of vaccination.

In a Facebook post, Hong Kong Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said a total of 70,010 people were vaccinated on Friday, setting a new daily record for the financial hub. He forecasted that Hong Kong will soon vaccinate 70 percent of its population at the current rate.

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Saturday's new case involved a 16-year-old teenager who remained asymptomatic. He has stayed in Kerry Hotel Hong Kong in Hung Hom after arriving in the city

Saturday's new case involved a 16-year-old teenager who remained asymptomatic, said the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health. He has stayed in Kerry Hotel Hong Kong in Hung Hom after arriving in the city.

A total of 40 cases have been reported in the past 14 days, including 38 imported cases and two import-related ones, the CHP added.

A total of 52 patients are currently hospitalized in 12 public hospitals and the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre, including one in serious condition, the Hospital Authority said.

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Since the rollout of the city-wide vaccination program on Feb 26, more than 4.2 million doses have been administered to the public. 

Around 1.7 million people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 25 percent of the city’s population aged 12 or above, while some 2.5 million people have received at least one shot.