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HK logs 3.3k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,362 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 493 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,869 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 118 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and one for disabled people logged nine cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 33 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 20 patients was unrelated.   It also registered six more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 99.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Kowloon City districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning

Inbound traveller jab rules adjusted

The Government announced today that COVID-19 vaccination requirements for inbound travellers will be adjusted from October 29.   Under the adjusted requirements, inbound travellers aged 12 to 17 who have received one dose of the BioNTech vaccine at least 14 days ago are deemed to have complied with the requirements of completing the COVID-19 vaccination course under boarding and quarantine requirements.   From October 29, Hong Kong residents of this age range who hold a recognised vaccination record of one BioNTech vaccine dose and have stayed in Group A specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 21 days before that day are allowed to board flights for Hong Kong.   Upon arrival in Hong Kong, they are still required to undergo a 21-day quarantine in a designated quarantine hotel with compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival.   If the relevant people have stayed in Group B specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival at Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, they are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the 16th and 19th days of arrival.   If they have only stayed in Group C specified places on the day of boarding for/arrival in Hong Kong or during the 14 days before that day, they are required to undergo a seven-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the ninth, 12th, 16th and 19th days of arrival.   The adjusted requirements also allow Hong Kong residents who have received one dose of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine and hold a recognised vaccination record to board for Hong Kong from Group A specified places if they are certified by a medical practitioner for being unfit to receive the second dose on health grounds.   Inbound travellers from Group A specified places must also present at boarding the aforementioned certificate issued by a medical practitioner who is registered in Hong Kong or at the place where the vaccine was administered, in addition to other requirements applicable to this group.   Upon arrival in Hong Kong, they are still required to undergo a 21-day quarantine in a designated hotel and compulsory testing on the 26th day of arrival.   Those who arrive from Group B or Group C specified places must undergo compulsory quarantine and testing in accordance with requirements applicable to non-fully-vaccinated people. In other words, they have to undergo 21 or 14 days of compulsory quarantine in a designated hotel respectively without any shortening of the quarantine period.   Click here for details.
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