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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

Patrick Nip visits restricted area

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited civil servants working in different positions in the compulsory testing operation at the specified restricted area in Jordan to give them encouragement.   He also visited the command centre to learn more about how colleagues monitored the entire operation and made suitable deployment of supplies and manpower.   Mr Nip noted that about 3,000 civil servants from more than a dozen disciplined services and civilian grades departments took part in the operation.   He said: “These colleagues have worked closely together to perform different tasks, such as patrols, door visits, distribution of supplies, registration or various logistical support.   “The completion of manpower deployment on such a large scale has been completed in a very short time and this hinged on the full support of the department as well as the dedication of the civil service.”   Mr Nip also thanked the public for their co-operation which demonstrated that the community is united in the fight against the epidemic to achieve the goal of zero cases.
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