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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

1 vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as at 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received one report from the Hospital Authority regarding a case admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involves a 51-year-old man who has history of diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.   The patient had experienced shortness of breath since March 6 with a cough and sputum. He attended the accident and emergency department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday for treatment.   He was hospitalised with a provisional diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction and was admitted to the ICU last night for further treatment. He is in a critical condition.   The man received a dose of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine at Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 3.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain more information for investigation and assessment.   It will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunization for causality assessment, and the assessment result will be released.   According to the vaccine's product information, patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases should not be given the vaccine.   For patients with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever, the vaccine should be used with caution. They should delay vaccination until after a doctor's evaluation if necessary.
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