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Re-positive COVID-19 case reported

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases and a preliminary positive local case which is likely to be a re-positive one.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that the preliminary positive local case involves a 43-year-old man who has not been vaccinated against the virus yet.   He worked at construction sites at 248 Queen's Road East and Shiu Kin Lane in Wan Chai, and last worked on August 3.   The patient has tested negative under the regular testing requirement since May. His deep throat saliva sample submitted via regular testing on August 2 preliminarily tested positive with a Ct value of 36 to 38, which indicates a low viral load.   After admission to hospital on August 3, the patient tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.   Dr Chuang said: “There ma

18k Yau Ma Tei residents get tested

The Home Affairs Department today said more than 18,000 residents in the specified area in Yau Ma Tei had undergone free COVID-19 testing at venues arranged by the Government from January 16 to 19.   ​The Government published compulsory testing notices on January 15 and 16 for 22 buildings or constructions located within the specified area in Yau Ma Tei at which one or more confirmed cases were found.   The compulsory testing period for the 20 buildings in the specified area expired yesterday, while testing for another two buildings expired today.   The department said preliminary records showed that around 2,220 residents underwent testing in compliance with the compulsory testing notices.   Additionally, more than 16,430 residents took the tests voluntarily at the venues.   From January 16 to 19, more than 18,000 residents underwent testing at the venues.   They took the virus tests at a mobile specimen collection station at Kwun Chung Sports Centre, the mobile specimen collection vehicles at the section of Canton Road between Jordan Road and Saigon Street (also called Jade Street), or the testing centre set up at Henry G Leong Yaumatei Community Centre.
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