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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

2 COVID-19 deaths recorded

The Hospital Authority today said two COVID-19 patients have passed away, taking the number of COVID-19 patients who died in public hospitals to 176.   One of the patients, an 83-year-old man, was admitted to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital for isolation treatment on December 6 due to COVID-19. He required mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure and was transferred to the intensive care unit on December 11.   After treatment, the patient tested negative for COVID-19 and was released from the isolation order by the Department of Health on December 27. However, his condition continued to deteriorate and he passed away yesterday.   Another male patient, aged 95 with chronic illness, was admitted to United Christian Hospital on January 5 due to shortness of breath.   He subsequently tested positive for the virus. His condition continued to deteriorate and he died last night.
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