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4 imported COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional imported COVID-19 cases, three of which involve the L452R mutant strain while the remaining case’s mutation test result is pending.   The four patients arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. All of them tested positive for the virus during quarantine.   A total of 64 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days. One is a local case with an unknown infection source and the rest are imported.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage. http://dlvr.it/S9x3zz

Jabs can replace routine testing

(To watch the full media briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   People working in places that require COVID-19 testing every two weeks will no longer need to be tested 14 days after they receive two doses of vaccine.   Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan explained to reporters this afternoon that this applies to teachers and staff at schools and construction workers.   She said: “With enough supply of vaccine doses in Hong Kong, with the consolidation of all the work that we have done so far and also with risk assessment, we have come to terms that if people have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can replace the regular 14-day testing for those working in scheduled premises under Hong Kong Laws Cap 599F.   “We have also communicated with the Education Bureau and the Development Bureau. Therefore for teachers, if they have been vaccinated with two doses and after 14 days, then this can also replace their current testing arrangement and the same goes for construction workers.”
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