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2 imported COVID-19 cases detected

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional COVID-19 cases involving men who arrived from Tanzania and the US.   Meanwhile, the centre was notified yesterday of a confirmed case in the UK concerning a 46-year-old man who left Hong Kong for London on Cathay Pacific flight CX251 on July 15. His specimen collected on July 17 tested positive for COVID-19. He was asymptomatic. The centre is following up on the case with the British health authority and epidemiological investigations are underway.   As a prudent measure, Rosedale Hotel Hong Kong, Causeway Bay where the patient had stayed during the incubation period was put under a compulsory testing notice last night, requiring people who had been at the venue for more than two hours from July 4 to 28 to get tested on or before July 31.   A total of 25 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days and all of them were imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Gover

Hospital reports initial positive case

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Hospital Authority today reported that an isolation ward nurse at North District Hospital preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.   At a press briefing, the authority’s Chief Manager (Clinical Effectiveness & Technology Management) Dr Linda Yu said the nurse took a virus test at a community testing centre on January 19 after feeling unwell for a day.   Dr Yu said the nurse last performed her duties on January 14 and that no patient was identified as a close contact.   “For the nurse who has tested preliminary positive for COVID-19, she worked in the isolation ward at North District Hospital in the recent three months. She all along wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during her work. We understand that she took care of various confirmed cases. Contact tracing and source-finding are still in progress.”   She added that the authority’s current PPE stock can be used for around six months.
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