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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

HKO forecasts up to 8 typhoons

Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) Director Cheng Cho-ming today said he expects five to eight tropical cyclones to hit Hong Kong this year.   Presenting the weather outlook at a press briefing this afternoon, Mr Cheng noted it is difficult to predict the strength of the tropical cyclones.   “You asked whether these will be severe or not. I think it is difficult to say because it really depends on how close they will come to Hong Kong and how strong they will be. So it really depends on the situation, for example, whether they will intensify or whether they will come very close to Hong Kong.   “So there are a number of factors that will affect whether or not they will severely affect us.”   He added that the HKO forecasts tropical cyclone season to begin in June for Hong Kong.   “The start time of the typhoon season varies from year to year. For this year, we expect it will be June or earlier.   “Of course, for the general public, we need to be aware that we may soon expect some development of tropical cyclones. So everyone should be on the alert and look out for the latest information or warning issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.”   Reviewing last year’s weather, the Observatory noted that Hong Kong had its second warmest year since records began, with an annual mean temperature of 24.4 degrees Celsius.   Mr Cheng also announced that the HKO will incorporate a “Probability of Significant Rain” forecast into its nine-day weather forecast from today.   Starting from the second quarter of this year, the Observatory will provide basic weather information on its website in eight ethnic minority languages. It will launch the “Localised Heavy Rain Advisory” service in the same quarter.   A trial feature “My Weather Observation” on the MyObservatory mobile application will be rolled out to enable the public to report special weather phenomena.   On public education, an interactive e-book titled Tour of Tropical Cyclones will be launched for children.   A thematic webpage for the 100th anniversary of upper-air meteorological measurements by the HKO will also be set up to introduce the history.   Mr Cheng announced at the briefing that the HKO Open Day will be held online this year in view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 epidemic. The related webpage will be launched on March 26.   The Observatory will also host a live-streaming event on the webpage and its Facebook page on March 27, which will feature a sand painting performance to promote messages on climate change and extreme weather.   Results of the 2016-2020 Top 10 Mind-boggling Weather & Climate Events Selection online polling campaign will also be announced at the event.
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