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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

Vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as at 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received a report from the Hospital Authority of a death case with suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involved a 59-year-old man. He was found unconscious in Sai Kung by hikers today and did not respond to resuscitation after being sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital by the Government Flying Service.   The man received the BioNTech vaccine at Choi Hung Road Badminton Centre Community Vaccination Centre on March 18 and there was no record of him feeling unwell during observation at the vaccination centre.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain further information for investigation and assessment.   It will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation for causality assessment.
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