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124 COVID-19 cases reported

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open

Interventions to hamster case deplored

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The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department today condemned some people who stopped others from surrendering hamsters to its New Territories South Animal Management Centre and took over some of the hamsters.   It stressed that such people's action obstructed the department from carrying out its work and will pose health risks to themselves and the public, adding that the case had been reported to Police.   The department earlier strongly advised people to hand over their hamsters purchased in local pet shops on or after December 22 last year for humane dispatch.   It explained that the appeal was made because a pet shop worker was confirmed infected with COVID-19 and samples taken from hamsters in the pet shop concerned also tested positive for the virus, reflecting that relevant hamsters were infected.   As the onset of symptoms may not be triggered immediately after the hamsters have been infected, negative test results at the moment do not necessarily mean t

CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxxH

Former flight crew arrested, charged

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Police today arrested and laid charges on two former flight attendants for violating the Prevention & Control of Disease Regulation.   In a statement, the force said their investigation revealed that the duo, while employed by an airline as flight attendants, arrived in Hong Kong from the US on December 24 and 25, 2021.   During medical surveillance, they failed to observe the conditions specified by a health officer by conducting unnecessary activities in contravention of the regulation on December 25 and 27.   Both subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant and have been discharged from the hospital upon completion of treatment.   Police explained that they took such action after seeking legal advice. The arrestees have been released on bail.   They are liable on conviction to a $5,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment. http://dlvr.it/SHKPSb

Tuen Mun testing exercise done

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The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Tuen Mun finished today with no positive COVID-19 cases found.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday evening, requiring people within the specified area to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The area covered JC Place Tower 1 in Castle Peak Bay where 380 citizens were tested.   In the subsequent enforcement operation, about 100 people’s test records were checked. Nobody was found to have not undergone mandatory testing.   Government staff also visited around 120 households in the restricted area, of which six did not answer the door. Such households are urged to contact the Government promptly to arrange testing.   According to the compulsory testing notice issued yesterday, those who had stayed in the building within a specified period for more than two hours must undergo testing by tomorrow even if they were not in the restr

33 virus cases detected

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 33 additional COVID-19 cases, comprising 27 imported cases, five that are epidemiologically linked with imported cases and one possibly imported-related case.   The centre noted that the possibly import-related case is a 39-year-old woman who is a part-time cabin cleaning worker.   Centre for Health Protection Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a press conference this afternoon that more than 10 positive cases were detected on passenger flight CX845 which the woman cleaned on January 4.   The centre will conduct analysis of the whole genome sequencing with the patient’s sample to identify the linkage of previous imported cases.   Meanwhile, the centre detected more than 20 preliminary positive cases today.   One of them lives in Mei Sun Building in Tai Po, where three cases tested positive earlier. These cases involve units D at two different floors.   The centre co-ordinated with rela

CE mourns Hilton Cheong-Leen

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hilton Cheong-Leen, a former Urban Council and Legislative Council member.   She noted that Mr Cheong-Leen had actively participated in public services for a long time.   Being a member of the Urban Council for over 30 years, he was the first Chinese person to become the council's Chairman. He was also a LegCo member and commanded the respect of different sectors.   Mr Cheong-Leen was also committed to community services, particularly on the development of local education.   He actively promoted the construction of schools and implementation of free education and served in the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education & Services for many years, making significant contributions to society.   “I am saddened by the passing of Mr Cheong-Leen. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family,” the Chief Executive sa