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4 imported COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases, three of which involve the L452R mutant strain while the remaining case’s mutation test result is pending.   The four patients arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. All of them tested positive for the virus during quarantine.   A total of 64 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days. One is a local case with an unknown infection source and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S9x3zz

LeaveHomeSafe app to be enhanced

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The LeaveHomeSafe mobile app's functions will be enhanced to step up the Government’s anti-epidemic efforts, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer Tony Wong said today.   During a press briefing this afternoon, Mr Wong explained that the new functions would include alerts on venues or locations under compulsory testing orders that would be sent to the user.   He emphasised that the planned enhancements aimed to boost the Government’s capability to combat COVID-19 and would not comprise users’ privacy.   “This mobile app is an exposure notification app. It was never meant to be a contact tracing tool. We did not install any tracing components in the app.   “It is purely a digital tool to assist citizens to record their visit history of different venues and to provide exposure notification, in case he or she had close contact or appeared in the same venue with a confirmed COVID-19 case.”   Mr Wong added that the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app has been downloaded over 2.96 million times, with the majority of downloads in Hong Kong.   “We did a rather comprehensive check of this mobile app’s download rate from around the world. Our finding is that over 97% of the downloads are from Hong Kong app stores. The remaining 2% to 3% are from other app stores around the world.”
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