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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

HA clarifies news report

The hospital will only consider the use of physical restraint on paediatric patients for the safety and well-being of the patient.   The Hospital Authority issued the clarification in response to a news report about unpleasant experience and alleged use of physical restraint on paediatric patients during hospitalisation.   The authority explained that generally speaking, the hospital will only consider the application of physical restraint on paediatric patients for the safety and well-being of the patient.   It noted that appropriate and prior consent will be sought from the parents or guardians and that there is no question of parents not knowing so beforehand.   As regards whether children would be admitted to the hospital alone, the authority said as a standing practice, the hospital will provide an option for the parents, who are tested negative to COVID-19, to accompany their confirmed children to stay in the same isolation room.   Such an arrangement is subject to the agreement of the Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection and the availability of isolation capacities.   It said the hospital will explain the risk of contracting the infection to the parents and added that essential infection control precautions and personal protective equipment will be provided.   Due to infection control consideration, the parents will be required to undergo an additional quarantine period after the paediatric patients are discharged.   The authority also pointed out that the hospital will always take into account the interests of paediatric patients and their families, and cater for the special needs of the patients as far as possible during hospitalisation.
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