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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

18 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today reported that there are 18 additional COVID-19 cases, of which seven are locally transmitted including two with unknown sources of infection.   The unlinked cases involve a 71-year-old taxi driver who lives in Siu Sai Wan and last drove his taxi on March 17, and a 52-year-old construction site clerk who lives in Ngau Chi Wan and last worked on March 19.   The five remaining local cases are linked to URSUS Fitness in Sai Ying Pun.   The centre co-ordinated with related government departments in conducting a field inspection with University of Hong Kong experts at Ursus Fitness this afternoon.   Eleven environmental samples were collected, including from the air-conditioner filters, to further investigate and examine if environmental factors were involved in the outbreak.   The 11 imported cases arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan.   A total of 289 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 224 local cases, of which 45 are untraceable.   Meanwhile, five buildings and a workplace with one or more confirmed cases as well as a kindergarten are covered by compulsory testing notices.   The Government will set up mobile specimen collection stations at Siu Sai Wan Estate in Eastern District and Scenic View in Ngau Chi Wan tomorrow.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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