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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

Govt responds to claw machine ruling

The Department of Justice will consider appropriate follow-up action for court rulings on cases concerning the operation of two claw machine venues that do not require a places of public entertainment licence (PPEL).                In a statement, the Government today said that places installed with mechanical devices known as "claw machines" involving amusements with prizes which draw crowds and the operators concerned have the right to control public admission.   Generally speaking, these places come under the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance licensing requirement and therefore the relevant operators have all along been applying for a PPEL from the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).   The statement noted that the relevant policy and licensing requirement have been effective and will continue to apply to all places of public entertainment. The FEHD will continue its enforcement actions against unlicensed places of public entertainment to ensure public safety and order at these places.   For the organisation of any public entertainment events/activities including those specified under the Places of Public Entertainment Ordinance at any places (except those specified under the Places of Public Entertainment (Exemption) Order), and provided that the relevant operator has the right to control public access to the premises, the organiser must apply for a PPEL in accordance with the ordinance regardless of whether the general public is admitted with payment.
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