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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

Minimum wage rate maintained

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Chief Executive in Council today adopted the Minimum Wage Commission's recommendation to maintain the statutory minimum wage rate at $37.5 per hour.   Secretary for Labour & Welfare Dr Law Chi-kwong made the announcement during a media session this afternoon.   He said the Government has carefully considered the commission's report and is of the view that the commission has discharged its statutory function of reviewing the minimum wage rate with thorough and balanced deliberations.   "During the whole process of the work of the Minimum Wage Commission, there are differences in views among the representatives of employers and those representing the labour side. Definitely, the range of expectation ranges from a reduction in the minimum wage to substantially increasing it.   "The commission considered all the views and struck a balance. So this recommendation to the Government and the acceptance by the Government of this recommendation basically reflects a fine balance between the difference of views."   The commission also took into account that the Hong Kong economy was in a deep recession with an elevated unemployment rate and the economic outlook is subject to an unusually high degree of uncertainty when reviewing the minimum wage rate, Dr Law added.   He said: "By late October next year, the commission will submit another report to the Government. I think that would be timely to look at the situation by that time."
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