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Vaccine priority groups expanded

The Government today expanded the scope of priority groups to cover seven categories of people who have greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 and risk of infection.   Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip told reporters the move was made given the fact that the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has been running smoothly since its launch on February 26 and taking into account the supply of vaccines and the programme’s progress.   The seven categories of people include staff of premises that serve food and beverages, markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, couriers and takeaway delivery including food delivery.   It also comprise staff of local public transport service operators, registered construction workers and property management such as security guards and cleaning and security personnel.   The remaining categories include teachers and school staff, employees in the tourism industry and staff of scheduled premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirem

19 COVID-19 cases detected

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are locally transmitted.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that seven of the cases have unknown sources of infection.   Of the 12 cases linked with previous ones, one is from the Hong Kong International Airport Three-runway System construction site cluster and another works at an elderly care home run by the Salvation Army in Nam Shan Estate, Sham Shui Po.   One more staff member at the Langham Place branch of Uniqlo in Mong Kok has been confirmed infected, bringing the total number of cases there to four.   Today’s confirmed cases also include a nursing assistant at a private clinic on 16/F, 122 Queen’s Road Central. Five clinic workers who had close contact with the nursing assistant need to be quarantined.   Despite the number of new COVID-19 cases falling for a third day, Dr Chuang noted that it was too early to say the epidemic was under control.   “Although the number of confirmed cases is only 19 today, there are still seven unlinked cases in the city, and the cases live in various districts. Each patient can spread the virus to other people, so they are also sources of infection.   “I do not think the current situation is completely under control.”   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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