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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 cases assessed

The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation assessed six death cases with history of vaccination during its meeting today.   As of March 28, the Department of Health received a total of 13 death reports with history of COVID-19 immunisation from the Hospital Authority.   The cases involve nine men and four women aged between 55 and 80. Existing information indicates that most of these cases died of cardiovascular diseases.   Six of the cases were assessed in today's meeting.   The first case involves a 55-year-old woman who passed away on March 6. The full autopsy report indicated that the patient died of acute myocardial infarction due to aortic dissection. Other investigation results did not reveal any possible immunological reactions due to vaccine.   The committee considered that there was no causal relationship between the deceased's outcome and COVID-19 vaccination.   Four other cases involve four men aged between 59 and 66. Their preliminary autopsy findings were coronary artery disease, ruptured myocardial infarction and coronary thrombosis, coronary and hypertensive heart disease, as well as coronary artery disease with acute ischaemia.   Together with the remaining case who died of acute myocardial infarction, the committee considered that the outcomes of the deceased were not directly associated with COVID-19 vaccination.
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