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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

Social distancing to be eased

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today said some of the social distancing measures for catering businesses and scheduled premises can be gradually relaxed due to the current COVID-19 epidemic situation.   Prof Chan made the announcement at a media session this afternoon, saying that some of the previously closed premises can reopen and dine-in services at restaurants will be extended to 10pm from February 18.   “While we are looking at the number of cases every day and the entire situation, we felt that this is the time that we are able to gradually relax some, not all, but some of the restrictions on scheduled premises and also the catering businesses’ dine-in service in the evening.”   She pointed out that Hong Kong has seen a decline in the number of confirmed cases, with infections remaining at low double-digit figures and unlinked cases at single digits. While the COVID-19 instantaneous effective reproductive number published by the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health dropped to about 0.6 and the sewage study also showed negative results in various districts.    Prof Chan noted that catering businesses and scheduled premises will have to comply with two additional requirements under the law.   “The first is to have all the staff tested every 14 days. This is actually similar to our targeted group testing, but this time it is required by law that we require the restaurant owners or managers to be responsible for ensuring their staff in the restaurants or these premises are tested every 14 days.   “The second is to use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app so that it is easier for people to keep a record of the places they went to - it is like a diary - and if there are confirmed cases in the premises that they went to, then they would be informed so that they would take care of their own health situation.”
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