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2 jab centres to provide BioNTech

The public can make reservations from tomorrow to receive free BioNTech jabs at the community vaccination centres (CVCs) at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Sports Centre and Boundary Street Sports Centre, the Government announced today.   The two CVCs will provide vaccination services from January 26, bringing the number of such centres to 14.   The Government said there are also more vaccination booths or staff members at vaccination venues. The current vaccination capacity has increased by 77% from the beginning of the month, reaching 1.77 million doses a month or nearly 60,000 doses a day.   Separately, all CVCs will be closed during the Lunar New Year from January 31 to February 2.   Except for the two CVCs at private hospitals which will be closed for one more day, CVCs will provide normal services on the third day of the Lunar New Year on February 3.   Apart from going to the CVCs, eligible people can also receive free COVID-19 vaccination through 25 Hospital Authority genera

Mutant strain case followed up

The Centre for Health Protection today announced that it is following up on a preliminary positive COVID-19 case with the test result involving the N501Y mutant strain.   The preliminary positive case involves a 46-year-old Filipina domestic helper who was asymptomatic. Her source of infection remains unknown.   She travelled to Pakistan with her ex-employer's family in early February and returned to Hong Kong on April 3.   The woman underwent quarantine at Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun from April 3 to 23.   Upon completion of quarantine, she stayed in her ex-employer's flat at 31 Tai Wong Ha Resite Village in Tsing Yi between April 24 and 29, before moving to Tower 6, Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui where her prospective employer lives.   She was tested at a community testing centre on April 28 and May 7 and both results came back negative.   In accordance with the requirements of a compulsory testing notice, she was tested again at the community testing centre in Henry G. Leong Yaumatei Community Centre on May 22 and the result was preliminary positive.   The preliminary test result by the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch revealed that the patient was carrying the N501Y mutant strain but not the E484K or L452R mutant genes.   The centre has arranged for the patient’s close contacts to be sent to a quarantine centre. Epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing are ongoing.   Considering the risk of infection in the relevant area is likely higher, the Government decided to make a restriction-testing declaration for Tower 6, Island Harbourview.   Starting from 8pm, people in the building subject to compulsory testing are required to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The declaration took effect from 8pm and aims to be finished by about 7am tomorrow. People in the area subject to compulsory testing will need to be tested by 12.30am.   They will be arranged to undergo a nucleic acid test at the temporary specimen collection stations set up there, where staff will collect samples through combined nasal and throat swabs.   The Government will arrange door-to-door specimen collection for people with impaired mobility and seniors.   Meanwhile, according to the compulsory testing notice, any person who had been at the building for more than two hours from May 3 to 23, even if they were not present in the restricted area when the declaration took effect, must undergo compulsory testing by May 25.
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