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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

Smooth start for app pilot scheme

The Government said that a pilot scheme under which the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app is used at government buildings or offices ran smoothly on its first day and thanked its employees and the public for their co-operation.   It launched the pilot scheme today to remind government employees and the public to use the mobile app at the entrances of government buildings or offices, where temporary service stations are set up to assist people to install the app.   The scheme aims to better assist the Centre for Health Protection in epidemiological investigations and further protect the health and safety of government employees and the public.   The first phase covers the Central Government Offices and the Tai Po Government Offices, while phase two will cover Harbour Building, and the Mong Kok and Tuen Mun Government Offices from February 16.   The Government hopes to further encourage its employees and the public to establish a habit of recording their whereabouts during the fight against the epidemic.   The app's usage will be progressively extended to more government buildings and offices, and the relevant departments have been requested to take forward the preparatory work.   The Government also encouraged people to download the mobile app as soon as possible and use it frequently.
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